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7.9
/10
2,997 Ratings

Deep Red

Profondo rosso

Directed by Dario Argento
Italy, 1975
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Synopsis

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 and violence.

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Deep Red Directed by Dario Argento
Each of Deep Red’s compositions reveals new meanings upon each viewing—and so it’s no wonder that yards of essays have been written trying to get to the center of this film.
April 12, 2018
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A breakthrough picture for Argento. His prior films were stylized giallos with enticing titles but they were, to a certain extent, bound by genre convention. That is, they played by the rules. “Deep Red” was louder, nastier, more violent, more irrational than anything he had done before. It threw down a gauntlet that other filmmakers, including extremists such as Lucio Fulci, would be inclined to pick up in ways that redefined sadistic cinema for better or worse.
April 25, 2016
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An exercise in the extension of suspense, DEEP RED is pure alchemy, transmuting spaces into death, camera moves into murder, swathes of color into madness. Argento is at the top of his powers here, brilliantly orchestrating his actors through the frame like dolls in a toy slaughterhouse, making no moral or clinical distinction between the dying and the living, between killing a man and composing a song, between unearthing a secret and slicing a neck.
October 23, 2015
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