The Mystery of Dante

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The Mystery of Dante
Il Mistero di Dante film poster.jpg
film poster
Directed by Louis Nero
Produced by
Written by Louis Nero
Music by
Cinematography Louis Nero
Edited by Louis Nero
Distributed by L'Altrofilm
Release date
  • February 14, 2014 (2014-02-14)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Italy
Language Italian

The Mystery of Dante (Italian: Il mistero di Dante) is a 2014 Italian independent film written and directed by Louis Nero that explores The Divine Comedy though a documentary-style look at the life and philosophy of Dante Alighieri.[1][2][3][4][5]


The film was shot in the basement of the Macello's Castle and in Turin.[2] The film includes cultural references from Shakespeare, the Sufis (all of Ibn Arabi), and including Luigi Valli, Gabriele Rossetti, René Guénon, Miguel Asín Palacios, and also religious origins of literature, reaching from Muslim, Jewish, and Indian traditions back to the Epic of Gilgamesh. Inspired by the work of Gustave Doré, the animations are set to express the esoteric world with respect.[1][6]


The film investigates the life and philosophy of Dante Alighieri through a series of interviews with intellectuals, artists, masons and men of faith who guide the viewer in discovering a little-known side of the man considered the father of the Italian language. This includes analysis of the cardinal points of The Divine Comedy and references to the Western tradition of initiation, secret lodges, membership or not, which accompany the viewer in a different approach to the study of Dante Alighieri. The film's first ten minutes are presented in a found footage format, before seguing into a series of interviews interspersed with occasional animations.



La Stampa called the film an ambitious project, and a meeting with the potential heirs of the Fedeli d'Amore."[7]

Sentieri Selvaggi wrote that the film is full of both symbolism and pathos, offering an over-the-top popularization that is an overly emotional prophetic mission which carries an amazing truth. They offered that the best way to describe Louis Nero's efforts would be as ambitious, with the flavor of maturity. They noted the inclusion of references to the works of scholars, including Valerio Massimo Manfredi, Gabriele La Porta, Silvano Agosti, Robert Jacob, and Franco Zeffirelli, transferred into a series of interviews accompanied by certain fictions, in a sort of mockumentary in which the principals are summoned by the secret community "The Brothers of Love", whose representatives have decided to release a witness. Thew film is accompanied by music composed by Steven Mercurio and Ryland Angel.[6]


  1. ^ a b Casini, Silvia (March 11, 2014). "Cinema – "Il mistero di Dante": intervista a Louis Nero" (in Italian). Diretta News. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b staff, language-Italian (May 17, 2014). "Il regista Louis Nero a Pinerolo racconterà "Il mistero di Dante"". L'Eco del Chisone. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ staff (May 30, 2014). "Cinema Vip: sul grande schermo "Il mistero di Dante"" (in Italian). NovaraToday. Retrieved June 13, 2014. 
  4. ^ stafflanguage=Italian (June 3, 2014). "Il Mistero di Dante di Louis Nero all'Odeon Firenze". Portalegiovani. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  5. ^ staff. "Il mistero di Dante". (in Italian). Film Up. Retrieved June 14, 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ a b Caterina, Elena (February 13, 2014). "Il mistero di Dante, di Louis Nero" (in Italian). Retrieved June 14, 2014. 
  7. ^ staff (October 29, 2013). "Il Mistero di Dante, il trailer in anteprima" (in Italian). La Stampa. Retrieved June 14, 2014. 

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