When a young opera singer takes over the leading role in an avant-garde presentation of Verdi’s Macbeth, she triggers the madness of a crazed fan who repeatedly forces the diva to watch the brutal murders of her friends. Will the woman’s recurring nightmare hold the key to the identity of this psychopath or does an even more horrific evil lay waiting in the wings? —Blue Underground
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
Housing some of Argento’s smoothest, most stylish filmmaking, which is saying something indeed, what with the camera being the instrument of choice for his storytelling - once kinetic, now aerial, with nearly every shot a craning POV, and with the dread only heightened by the swelling orchestra - positioning Opera to be his most accomplished, sensual work, and by those measures, his masterpiece.
Usual mix of horror and sadism that provides one of Argento's mid period best films. Marsillach makes quite the victim here and the novel evolution of 'eyes wide open' here makes for a terrifying image. What I admire about Argento's work is the artistry of camera movement and image in what always appears to be medium budget restraints. Excellent score that adds to the experience.