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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 The 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. The film has also been shown at the Santa Barbara International Film Festivalmarker, 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.

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." Film critic Kevin Stewart said "such political satire is very fitting for the manner and the times."

"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 Angelesmarker in 2007, and the film won the "Audience Favorite" award at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2007. Boston Underground Film Festival gave it the Spirit of Underground award in 1007. The jury at the 2007 Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival gave the the award for Best Narrative Feature.

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  1. Dante's Inferno - Slamdance Film Festival 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-26

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