Join Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Ric Burns for a special glimpse into his upcoming documentary, Dante, chronicling the life of 14th century Florentine poet Dante Alighieri and the legacy of his epic poem the Divine Comedy.
Burns discusses the perspective he and his colleagues, including the film’s co-writer, Italian scholar, Riccardo Bruscagli, bring to an examination of one of the greatest literary masterpieces in history, the complex story of its creation, and the inner world of its creator. He talks about the research, the interviews they conducted, and the surprising things they learned along the way. Timed with the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death, the film adds a new dimension to Burns’ body of work, which includes acclaimed documentaries on modern American figures Oliver Sacks, Eugene O’Neill, Ansel Adams, and more. Burns talks about the unique challenges of building a documentary on a giant of the late medieval period. And he reflects on the mystery, power and continued resonance of an extraordinary masterwork, 700 years after the death of its creator.