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Dante's Inferno is a 2007 comedy film performed with hand-drawn paper puppets on a toy theater stage. The film was adapted from the book "Dante's Inferno" by Sandow Birk and Marcus Sanders (Chronicle Books, 2004), which is a modern update of the canticle Inferno from Dante Alighieri's epic poem Divine Comedy. The film chronicles Dante's (voiced by Dermot Mulroney) journeys through the underworld, guided by Virgil (voiced by James Cromwell). The head puppeteer was Paul Zaloom and the puppets were designed by Elyse Pignolet and drawn by Sandow Birk. The film premiered January 20, 2007 at the 2007 Slamdance Film Festival.[1] The film has also been shown at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival, Maryland Film Festival, Silver Lake Film Festival, the Boston Underground Film Festival, and on the Ovation TV cable network.

Dante's Inferno
Dante's Inferno FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed bySean Meredith
Produced bySean Meredith
Paul Zaloom
Sandow Birk
Written byDante Alighieri (novel)
Sandow Birk
Sean Meredith
Paul Zaloom
StarringDermot Mulroney
James Cromwell
Paul Zaloom
Andy Daly
Martha Plimpton
Tony Hale
Scott Adsit
Janet Varney
Music byMark McAdam
CinematographyMichael Negrin
Edited bySean Meredith
Release date
  • 2007 (2007)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States

The voice cast includes actors associated with the Upright Citizens Brigade, Crossballs, 30 Rock, Arrested Development, and Aqua Teen Hunger Force.


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Film critic Curt Holman gave the film 3 stars and said it had a "far-ranging and bawdy satirical spirit."[2] Film critic Kevin Stewart said "such political satire is very fitting for the manner and the times."[3]

"There’s enough of the divinely comic in this 'Inferno' to justify a pair of sequels" -Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix, March 2007

"...feels like the unholy offspring of Mike Judge and R. Crumb." – Robert Abele, LA Times, May 2007

Director Sean Meredith won the "Best Director" award at the Silver Lake Film Festival in Los Angeles in 2007, and the film won the "Audience Favorite" award at the San Francisco IndieFest in 2007. Boston Underground Film Festival gave it the Spirit of Underground award in 2007. The jury at the 2007 Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival gave the award for Best Narrative Feature.


  1. ^ Dante's Inferno - Slamdance Film Festival 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-26
  2. ^ Curt Holman (2007-04-18). "Skimming the cream of the Atlanta Film Festival crop". Retrieved 2007-08-26.
  3. ^ Kevin Stewart (2007-04-15). "Atlanta Film Festival '07: Capsule Previews". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-08-26.

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