MoMA Presents

Sean Meredith’s Dante’s Inferno

Dec 22, 2020–Jan 5, 2021


“Cast photo” from Dante’s Inferno. USA. 2007. Directed by Sean Meredith. Courtesy the filmmaker

Virtual Cinema screenings are available exclusively to MoMA members. Not a member? Join today and start watching.

Set in contemporary Los Angeles, this satiric update of Dante Alighieri’s epic poem is performed with hand-drawn paper puppets on a toy theater stage. Originally adapted and drawn by artist Sandow Birk as a book and gallery exhibition, the film has the quality of a graphic novel, following the journey of Dante and Virgil (Dermot Mulroney and James Cromwell) through an underworld of urban blight, crime, and political corruption.

Organized by Ron Magliozzi, Curator, Department of Film.

  • This film series is part of MoMA Presents.

    Film at MoMA is made possible by CHANEL.

    Additional support is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by Debra and Leon D. Black and by Steven Tisch, with major contributions from The Contemporary Arts Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, the Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.


    If you would like to reproduce an image of a work of art in MoMA’s collection, or an image of a MoMA publication or archival material (including installation views, checklists, and press releases), please contact Art Resource (publication in North America) or Scala Archives (publication in all other geographic locations).

    MoMA licenses archival audio and select out of copyright film clips from our film collection. At this time, MoMA produced video cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. All requests to license archival audio or out of copyright film clips should be addressed to Scala Archives at [email protected]. Motion picture film stills cannot be licensed by MoMA/Scala. For access to motion picture film stills for research purposes, please contact the Film Study Center at [email protected]. For more information about film loans and our Circulating Film and Video Library, please visit

    If you would like to reproduce text from a MoMA publication, please email [email protected]. If you would like to publish text from MoMA’s archival materials, please fill out this permission form and send to [email protected].


    This record is a work in progress. If you have additional information or spotted an error, please send feedback to [email protected].