One of my favorite Argento films: an artistic examination of different kinds of viewing. The camera is intriguing - especially the movement through rooms and staircases -, like the use of different types of music or the work with colors and shadows.
[Spoilers] Superbly OTT, a sort of style overload where the Steadycam is the star (to the extent of using point of view to give a sizeable early hint as to the identity of the killer). The downside is that the star is poorly characterised, coming across as a sociopath who is totally unconcerned with the gory deaths of a boyfriend and colleague in her presence, and no amount of lizard hugging can fix that. 3.5*
Possibly the worst lip synching I've ever seen. All the characters in this film are complete idiots, and the ending is even more incomprehensible than they are. And yet I enjoyed this more than Phenomena? It just looked so good, and I loved that truly ridiculous bird conceit, and the opera recordings used, and the leading lady's hair. Bite me, objective evaluation!
En "Ópera" , todos los tópicos efectistas y hasta truculentos del Giallo están más que presentes. A su absurdo guión le salva un poco el hecho de que Darío Argento tiene un modo de hacer muy eficaz e imaginativo a su manera. Con sus altibajos narrativos, su floja interpretación (¡ay! mi querida Cristina Marsillach) y su increíble desarrollo y resolución, la película se deja ver con más pena que gloria. Nota: 3
the movie has an astonishing camera work from Argento who keeps things fresh and stylish but the script is so bad that even an Argento-fanboy like me couldn't ignore the boredom that strikes the viewer after half an hour. It proves that Argento could shot a painted wall drying and still make things beautiful.
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.
Argento´s last great movie where he manages to update and modernize his style with great success. The camera work is very good and adds some real suspense to the proceedings. The acting is pretty good for the most part and the dubbing is OK. Production design and music is also very good. Storywise the movie works very well for an Argento movie and he plays it as straight as possible. Worth a look!
I have such a love/hate relationship with this movie. This most recent watch, today had to have been my 10th one and I love it again. The gliding camera through claustrophobic and open spaces and a good mix of cold and Argento's trademark flashy cinematography. The only death scene worth mentioning is the bullet through the peephole... it was just so well done and mind blowing. The slow motion and the telephone...
***1/2 With OPERA, Dario Argento presented, in 1987, the most fluent film of the first half of his career. I also liked the way the director blends in OPERA's heroin with Jennifer, PHENOMENA'S heroin, in the last ten minutes of the movie. Recommended.