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Film Project: Dante the Templar

  1. 1. FILM PROJECT (from an idea by G.Maiorano and A.Stirati) ‘Dante the Templar and his Journey to the Other World’. Dante Alighieri is a unique, fashinating and mysterious middle-ages man, whose life and works are still to be fully understood and are certainly worth of being shown on the ‘big screen’. Even from far ancient times, Dante’s voice can still talk to contemporary people, although many aspects of his life are controversial, We have got information mainly from Giovanni Boccaccio’s work, ‘Dante’s life’.Among the first interesting events, we find the premonitory dream which Bella, Dante’s mother, had before his birth and was explained by an old maid, expert in dream interpretation. A parallel story develops along our contemporary times: Chiara, a brilliant young art historician endowed with strong sensibility and also with deep ‘sensitivity’ towards unknown phenomena, has the assignment of writing a journal essay about the renowned frescoes painted by Giotto in the ‘Scrovegni Chapel’ at Padua.. His friend Corrado, an experienced photographer, joins the work and therefore they meet again after five years. Now, in front of the wall with the famous ‘Last Judgment’, Corrado is detecting strange anomalies in the lighting and electrical system of the chapel, meanwhile Chiara, while examining from close distance the details of the many people portrayed in the ‘hell section’, suddenly feels a sort of dizziness, a sense of fainting. Strong forces attract somehow her body somewhere else … She feels like travelling back to Giotto’s time, and now she can see the skilled toscan painter decorating the interiors of the Scrovegni Chapel. Giotto has already begun with the ‘Last Judgment’ frescoes on the north-side wall, when a man, hooded and guided by a monk, enters the chapel and approaches him: this man is Dante! The two fellow-citizen finally meet and celebrate their encounter, but Dante has been banished from Florence and has to hide from his enemies. Then, they discover a curious fact: they both have started working indipendently on the same subject, the ‘Hell’! Almost five years earlier Dante had begun to write a poem about the ‘Other World’ but his work soon stopped after seven chapters because of his ban, therefore the first chapters have remained in Florence. Now Giotto strongly suggest him to recover them and go on working to his extraordinary poem. Few days later, during a hypnotic session, Chiara undergoes a ‘life regression’ and begins to realize some events apparently related to a past life: she seems to be Bella, Alighiero’s wife and Dante’s mother, living in a well-off house in Florence during the 13th century. She’s pregnant and has a prophetic dream: a boy will be born named Durante, destined to reach world wide fame: Dante Alighieri, the great poet. Was Chiara really his mother in a previous life? The question will be solved right in the end of the story. Dante spends an easygoing life in Florence with merry crowds and witty jokes and tricks, but this trend is going to change with time, especially when he meets his wise master and teacher, Brunetto Latini, who will take good care and teach his young precocious student.
  2. 2. In the first part of the ‘Commedia’ – later to become the ‘Divina Commedia’ – that is, in the ‘Hell section’, we are shown Brunetto who talks to Dante during his journey accross the Other World, and here the old master uses ‘prophetic words’ based on a sort of ‘horoscope’ arranged in his own studio in Florence long time ago. It is always Brunetto who suggests Dante to contact the Templars, the religious and military order which called for a moral, social and political renewal of the corrupt society of their times! Surprising information and secrets are revealed to Chiara during the hypnotic session: Dante’s Comedy is not really a ‘literary fantasy’, a fanciful work done by an immaginative poet, but the result of true life events, their description and interpretation., that is: - the first part, the ‘Hell’, is a true journey across existing places, hidden rivers, mysterious woods within the ancient Etruscan region, full of cemeteries and religious sites; - the last part, the ‘Heaven’, and its final ‘celestial vision‘ are the result of a real event, it means the vision which appears to Dante himself during an initiation cerimony held at the ‘Love Faithful’ congragation, a sort of brotherhood derived from the Templars order : Dante was one of the main members of such esoteric associations, which devised to comunicate by making use of ‘secret codes’ and simulated ‘poetic rhymes’. This kind of device was meant to avoid suspicions and persecutions run by the ‘Inquisition’, wich used to torture and sentence its enemies to jail, exile or death by fire. Dante’s initiation is a traditional old rhyte, which goes back to ancient Egypt and classical Greece, has been preserved and survived like in flowing underground waters, finally rediscovered during Crusades by the Templars during medieval ages, with the aim of replacing the hopeless end of human soul and the unbelief in any servival after physical death, with a true experience during everyone’s life. The rhyte was performed in an underground temple, where the neophyte had to lie down inside a stone coffin - which symbolizes the death of the old man, liable to ignorance and superstition, and the birth of a new being, whose mind is going to be enlightened by the ‘Truth’s Light’. The neophyte has a three-day induced sleep, during which he can shift his consciousness to an altered state and be able to reach higher dimensions. Only in the end of his poem and his journey accross the Other World, Dante is able to overcome the human boundaries and expand his soul beyond space and time limits. In a moment he lives the inexpressible feeling of belonging to the ‘Absolute’ within a never- ending present, where the ‘Multiple’ is reabsorbed by the ‘One’, and every wish and desire turns into the happiness and joy of being united to the ‘Universal Love’, the one that “moves the sun and all other stars”. Something is changing day by day in Chiara’s life: is therefore the ‘reincarnation’ a true fact and not just a hypothesis? Has she experimented a ‘rebirth’ of her own being? And where could she find the ‘new Dante’ if he may ever exist? She will find an answer in the end! The Authors * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
  3. 3. Dear Sir, the short text, hereby enclosed as ‘film-project’ and named ‘Dante the Templar and his Journey to the Other World’, has its true origins and reasons in the low attention payed to Dante Alighieri, the renowned medieval poet and politician, and to his masterpiece ‘The Divine Comedy’ - or simply the ‘Comedy’ - as major subjects for an articulated, unusual and mysterious story, suitable for the ‘big screen’. Various attempts have been made in the past century, and a few ideas have been developed and adapted recently to theater, dance, music, visual arts, but presently new elements have been found which allow a review of the interpretation of Dante’s life and works and, furthermore, can enhance the interest for his political activity, his mysterious journeys, the hidden messages and secret codes he introduced in his works A new perpective of Dante’s poem and his journey to the ‘Other World’ will be set up and a parallel story will develop with contemporary protagonists, whose lives are going to change together with the story of the ‘supreme poet’: two journeys, which will cross in the end and reveal an unknown unpredictable truth and its consequences on the masterpieces of the Italian visual arts. Kind regards. The Authors, Giuseppe Maioran and Alfredo Stirati Rome, July 30th 2013