In 1911, after three years of production and high economic investments, the silent film 'Inferno' was presented to the public, a reconstruction of Dante’s journey to hell. Produced by Milano Films, the film was a great success in Italy and abroad. The first Italian feature film by far, it is also one of the most important blockbusters of its time.
He used innovative techniques, such as overlays and other special effects, as well as sophisticated mounting methods.
Some of the initial scenes were shot outdoors in a particular landscape, that of the Grigna. The Grigne group is located a few dozen kilometres from Milan, near Lecco. Its comfort and characteristics made it one of the most important climbing areas in Lombardy as early as the twentieth century, where very strong mountaineers such as Riccardo Cassin, Walter Bonatti and many others were trained.
The environment of the Grigne, in particular the so-called Grignetta or southern Grigna, is characterized by the presence of countless towers and towers of limestone. The frequent clouds, which are also produced by the proximity of the lake, often envelop them, creating a surreal and mysterious landscape that has adapted well to the scenes in which Dante approaches the famous door of hell.
I spent some time of my life in Grigna -as a child, following a strong climber father, and then climbing a bit myself in my youth. Going back there in recent years to take these photographs, looking for the places where the scenes of the film were shot, or even just looking for those atmospheres, was a bit like finding old friendships.