MaltaToday | 13 April 2008 | Benigni to recite Dante in Malta

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Benigni to recite Dante in Malta

David Darmanin

Maverick Italian celebrity actor Roberto Benigni will be taking Malta by storm next week when he comes to get his honorary doctorate from University and perform pieces from Dante’s La Divina Commedia. And just like Dante, he is relegating officialdom to the circles of hell as his agent has made it clear there will be no time for official appointments, from the President downwards.
The news came a bit like a cold shower for politicians and other opportunists waiting to get their 15 seconds of fame, appearing next to the Oscar winning actor and director in the photos and video clips.
Yet the idea to grant the honorary doctorate to Benigni has meant that Malta will be getting its serata Dantesca for free as opposed to the sky high fees usually charged for his performances.
As for the disappointed public figures, Benigni has overlooked them much like Dante’s Virgilio himself dismissed the ignavi – those cowards not even worthy of entering hell: “Non ragioniam di lor, ma guarda e passa” (“Don’t pay them any mind, just look and walk on”).

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