When a young opera singer takes over the leading role in an avant-garde presentation of 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?
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[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*
***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.
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.
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!
6 - Argento with a budget is a sight to behold, but I would be lying through my teeth if I omitted my disappointment at the man's insistence on re-treading infecund, old narrative ground after so brilliantly subverting himself with "Tenebrae". The final act's laughable excesses already started peeling back the curtain on the Argento of today.
I am a genre lover, Especially Giallo Cinema.
Argento's Opera colour is rich, as its interiors, the influence of D.W. Griffith sheer scale to a production is key. The murders, psychologically draining, as this film focuses more on torture rather than murder. Candy apple crimson red blood and a metallic gradient of blades flood the screen, complete with the signature black leather gloves. What else do you need?
A brilliant if not slightly disjointed masterwork. Seamless use of multiple POVs, excellent camera tricks (the eye drops!) and they even get the fucking CROWS to act in this movie. Super cute power suit lesbian runs from robe bondage killer. Perfection!
The scene with the scissors had my MOUTH. WIDE. OPEN. Even when it devolves into a daylight heavy metal nightmare, it's horny af. SING MY ANGEL OF MUSIC!!!