An English pianist living in Rome witnesses the brutal murder of his neighbor, a psychic. With the help of a tenacious young reporter he tries to discover the killer using very unconventional methods—and the two are soon drawn into a shocking web of dementia, savagery and violence.
Dario Argento was born on September 7, 1940 in Rome, Italy. He is the first born son of famed Italian producer Salvatore Argento and Brazilian fashion model Elda Luxardo. Argento recalls getting his ideas for film making from his close knit family and from Italian folk tales told by his parents and other family members, including an aunt who told him frightening bedtime stories. Argento based most of his thriller movies on childhood trauma, yet his own, according to him, was a normal one. Along with tales spun by his aunt, Argento was impressed by stories from The Grimm Brothers, Hans Christian Andersen, and Edgar Allan Poe. Argento started his career writing for various film journal magazines while still in his teens attending a Catholic high school. After graduation, instead of going to college, Argento took a job as a columnist for a roman evening newspaper, Paese Sera. Inspired by the movies, Argento later found work as a screenwriter and wrote several screenplays for a number of… read more
Argento's first foray into the supernatural—into allowing his narratives to have supernatural solutions that detection and science can't necessarily explain. The iconic scene with psychic Helga Ulmann was one that Argento had wanted to include in *Four Flies on Grey Velvet*, but because he was unable to explain her powers "rationally," he ended up dropping it from the film. By the time he reached this film, he
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Découverte du cinéma de Dario Argento et donc de ce qu’il se fait normalement de mieux en matière de Giallo. Je me souviens qu’avec le film belgo-français Amer sorti il y a deux ans, je m’étais passablement… read review
Another masterpiece of horror and suspense from Italian horror maestro Dario Argento. This offbeat giallo is Argento at his most surreal – beautifully shot and masterfully crafted with strong touches… read review