Argento’s directorial debut is a masterpiece of suspense, as famous for its voluptuous and symbolic use of color (unforgettable shades of red and yellow) and music (a brilliant score by Ennio Morricone) as it is for its blend of surreal violence, mystery, and eroticism. Set in a modernist Rome drawn entirely from Argento’s uncanny imagination, and evoking a sense of urban alienation through shadow and reflections, the film centers on an American writer who witnesses a brutal assault and must uncover the identity of the assailant to prove his own innocence. –MoMA
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
Honestly, I prefer Argento's earlier mystery films like this and Deep Red to his later supernatural horror pieces. There's a level of style and suspense here that's flashy, but also restrained. Also, am I the only one who thinks the freakiest character was the artist who eats cats? That was hard to stomach.
Two sardonic visual gags on the nature of recognition from the serial killer cinema of Dario Argento and David Fincher.
“You’ll kill his body, I’ll condemn his soul,” says a priest to a cop about Jose Mojica Marins’ diabolic character “Coffin Joe,” but this may
Last weekend I missed yet another Chiller Theater Expo. By now I might have missed more than I've attended. It felt weird when I thought about