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Season 1 Episode 9

Dante's Inferno

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Aired Friday 8:30 PM Dec 22, 1967 on BBC
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Dante's Inferno
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TV dramatisation of the life and works of the Pre-Raphaelite poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

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  • The story of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, an artistic movement in Victorian England.

    8.0
    A typically flamboyant Ken Russell arts biopic for the BBC, made straight after his second cinema feature, "Billion Dollar Brain" (which opened a matter of days before this programme was first aired). Russell had a harder time than usual, he later claimed, because some of the actors were poor - although as the many non-professionals involved were all deliberately chosen by him, this seems an unfair comment. This film is still a great deal more entertaining than the 2009 BBC mini-series about the PRB, and Oliver Reed, in process of becoming an film star, makes a fine Dante Gabriel Rossetti. The photography is particularly impressive, and Clive Goodwin contributes a notable cameo as the lovelorn John Ruskin.moreless
Oliver Reed

Oliver Reed

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

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Judith Paris

Judith Paris

Elizabeth Siddal

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Andrew Faulds

Andrew Faulds

William Morris

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    • Amongst the non-professionals playing acting roles in this film are the painter Derek Boshier, the poet Christopher Logue (who later scripted Ken Russell's 1972 film "Savage Messiah") and Gala Mitchell, whom Russell characterised as "an authentic hippy". (He also claimed, years later, that she had been almost permanently in an LSD-induced state of hallucination throughout the filming.)

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