Dante's Inferno (The Life of Dante Gabriel Rossetti)

  • 1969 ----- b & w ----- 91 min ----- 16mm///
  • (Directed by Ken Russell with Oliver Reed as Rossetti) Morose, brilliant, sensual, prankish, drunken, Dante Gabriel Rossetti was a poet-painter more concerned with his flamboyant life style than with his literary and artistic output. However, the question arises whether this film is about Rossetti or whether it is about the filmic style of Ken Russell. It is, without doubt, an early seminal work. It is a head-long rush of increasingly bizarre images finding, at last, repose on a hillside as Rossetti goes slowly, progressively insane.
  • Topics: (Art: History, Artists, Motion Pictures: Features)