Dario Argento

Dario Argento

James Gracey

Language: English

Pages: 160

ISBN: 1842433180

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The stylistic and bloody excesses of the films of Dario Argento are instantly recognizable—his films lock violent deaths in a twisted embrace with an almost sexual beauty. Narrative and logic are often lost in a constant bombardment of atmosphere, technical mastery, and provocative imagery. Setting the tone with earlier gialli films such as The Animal Trilogy and Deep Red, Argento has steadily pushed the boundaries; through his elaborately gothic fairytales Suspiria and Inferno, right up to his more recent contributions to Showtime's Masters of Horror series and the conclusion of his Three Mothers trilogy, Mother of Tears: The Third Mother. Along the way, his prowling camera work, pounding scores, and stylistic bloodshed have only gained in intensity and opulence. Argento continues to create inimitable and feverishly violent films with a level of artistry rarely seen in horror films. His high profile and mastery of the genre is confirmed with his role as producer on celebrated classics such as George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead and Lamberto Bava's Demons.

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a witches’ coven, determined to unleash untold ills upon an unsuspecting world. Background After the success of Deep Red, Argento wanted to attempt something just as different from his previous work as Deep Red had been. Suspiria was Argento’s second foray outside of the giallo and in it he strays into full-blown supernatural-horror territory, creating a nightmarish and truly unforgettable world. It serves as the introduction to the sinister figures of the Three Mothers, three powerful and

living in New York, discovers a book written by an old alchemist named Varelli. In it he describes how he designed and built three dwelling places for three powerful witches known as the Three Mothers. Rose suspects that the building she lives in is one of these houses. She writes a letter to her brother Mark, a music student living in Rome, asking for his help, as she feels her discovery has placed her in danger from unknown forces. Before Mark arrives in New York, Rose is brutally killed

poetical? When it most closely allies itself to beauty: the death then of a beautiful woman is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world. It is in this fascination with the ‘aesthetics of death’ that Argento is most closely aligned with Edgar Allan Poe. Argento himself has said: On reading Poe as a child it disturbed me and left me, for a long time, feeling strange and slightly sad… When I began to make films, I recognised that my themes had some affinity with the events told by

(Boris Volkoff), Romina Mondello (Sonia Lafont), Riccardo Serventi Longhi (Andrea), Gabriella Giorgelli (Aunt Francesca), Umberto Balli (Alex), Valery Valmond (Giorgina) Synopsis Paris, 1900. Young Sonia witnesses a masked man with a metalclawed hand mutilate her parents and rip out their still-beating hearts. Twelve years later, Sonia is living in Rome with her blind aunt. She is hired as a dressmaker in a new waxworks museum owned by the mysterious Volkoff, notorious for his lifelike

Comments At times Argento blends comedy with tension quite well, and this is evident in the barbershop and cemetery scenes. He also dabbles in outright comedy with greater success than he did in The Five Days of Milan. Such black humour occurs in the scene featuring an elderly couple attempting to cross the road during the slick car chase. Argento also reveals a somewhat morbid sense of humour with the shot of a dead character’s car, its windshield cluttered with parking tickets, and in the

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