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The Design and Architecture of Terror: Dario Argento’s “Deep Red”

Images (and sounds) of fear from the horror maestro’s 1975 masterpiece.

New York's Museum of Arts and Design is currently in the middle of a retrospective, much on film, of the family Argento titled Argento: Il Cinema Nel Sangue (Cinema in the Blood). I thought I'd use that series as an excuse to reanimate a geometry of images that've been sitting in the our Notebook crypt of the unpublished for some time, just waiting for such a chance to burst, crystalline and perilous, upon the site.

All are from Dario Argento's Deep Red (1975), which screens Thursday, April 26; featuring David Hemmings; production design by Giuseppe Bassan; cinematography by Luigi Kuveiller.

And for the soundtrack (by Giorgio Gaslini UPDATE: actually by Goblin):


Superb, truly exceptional work.
My favourite Argento. Great work with the shots selection!
Heads up: this cue from the soundtrack is one of the Goblin contributions. Gaslini’s material is equally memorable (the children’s lullaby portion, for example). The prints for SUSPIRIA and INFERNO were both very strong last week, and it will be exciting to find out what turns up this week…wish I could be there. Don’t know if the DEEP RED print will be the 126 U.S. cut or the shorter European cut (which many claim is much more streamlined and improved).

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