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“Dante After Dante” Film Series

April 30 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies, Department of French and Italian, Dance Department, Institute for Research in the Humanities, Center for the Humanities, Medieval Studies Program, Center for Early Modern Studies, Department of Art History, Department of History, Former Department of Comparative Literature and Folklore, Mary Noles, the Anonymous Fund, Cinematheque, Li Chiao-Ping Dance Troupe 


France, Switzerland | 2004 | 35mm| 80 min. | French with English subtitles

Director: Jean-Luc Godard

Cast: Sarah Adler, Nade Dieu, Jean-Luc Godard

Inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy, Godard has crafted a brilliant three-part examination of the contemporary war-ravaged world and its politics using both fictional and documentary footage. Beginning with a hellish montage of war images from 1940 to the present, the film moves into a section set at an artists’ conference in modern-day Sarajevo (where Godard himself has come to participate) and concludes with a surreal final section set in an ambiguous paradise. 35mm print courtesy Yale Film Archive. Preceded by Stan Brakhage’s The Dante Quartet (1987, 35mm, 6 min.)


For more information about the film series, click here.

This lecture is part of the “Dante after Dante” International Symposium. The Department of French and Italian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is very happy to share with you the program of our International Symposium Dante after Dante, a multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and multimedia conference on April 29-30, 2022. Papers will be delivered online, and are free and open to the public. Please register here. Film screenings will be taking place at the UW Cinematheque. Dante performances will be available both on UW-Madison campus and online. For more information, please consult the program.

Beyond paper sessions on Dante in/and filmmaking, economy, visual arts, the conference will focus on Dante and the issue of race the US, as well as on Dante reception in world literature. This event will pair in a unique way these more traditional modes of academic inquiry with dance performances in collaboration with Li Chiao-Ping Dance (with a choreography inspired by Dante’s Inferno), and with a series of film screenings at the UW Cinematheque.


April 30
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm


4070 Vilas Hall
821 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706
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