CATCHING UP WITH FILM - THE QUEST FOR A PERSONAL CANON

 

Recent Posts

Archive

Tags

Theme Tuesday - Dario Argento - Inferno

For the month of October, the master of Giallo, Dario Argento, will be my focus, a director whose filmography I have only grazed the surface of. Inferno finds Argento fully leaning into the supernatural, which his earlier film Suspiria really only committed to at the end. Instead of characters constantly resisting the very notion of the supernatural, the story focuses much more on the mystery of the three Mothers as first Rose, a poetry student, and then later, Mark, her boyfriend, try to get to the bottom of the mystery. Of course, like any Argento movie, logical narrative development eventually flies out the window and the movie becomes a framing device for some spectacular murders, and th

Theme Tuesday - Dario Argento - Suspiria

For the month of October, the master of Giallo, Dario Argento, will be my focus, a director whose filmography I have only grazed the surface of. The influence of Dario Argento’s Suspiria cannot be underestimated. While there is much in this film that pulled from previous sources, not the least of which, was Argento’s own work, the images and the tone of this film have influenced countless films, often those made by exploitation filmmakers. The obsession with graphic violence may have started with Bonnie and Clyde in 1967, but you could bet your ass that Carpenter, De Palma and Tarantino were thinking more about Suzy Bannion bathed in three-strip Technicolor more than Warren Beatty and Faye D

Theme Tuesday - Dario Argento - Deep Red

For the month of October, the master of Giallo, Dario Argento, will be my focus, a director whose filmography I have only grazed the surface of. Deep Red is the film in which Argento comes into his own as a director. His previous films, making up an informal “Animal trilogy,” all were promising, demonstrating Argento’s keen eye for striking images. He gives us some of his most vivid and gorgeous imagery yet with the bright, Technicolor reds and the even more profound blacks. Even if you don’t remember what this film was about, the images stick with you. Deep Red is also the most narratively coherent of Argento’s films so far with the plot working with Hitchcockian precision. While the psycho

Theme Tuesday - Dario Argento - The Animal Trilogy

For the month of October, the master of Giallo, Dario Argento, will be my focus, a director whose filmography I have only grazed the surface of. Perhaps the biggest misconception I brought with me into exploring Argento’s works is that he is mainly a horror director. It is true that his most famous films - Suspiria and Deep Red - could qualify as such, but these three movies that constitute the so-called “Animal Trilogy” are more thrillers with hints of the slasher genre that would begin in earnest with John Carpenter (a big fan of Argento) and Halloween. In these early works, Argento shows great promise, mainly in his use of visual style. He favors real, urban locations with unusual feature

 
 
 

©2018 BY CATCHING UP WITH FILM. PROUDLY CREATED WITH WIX.COM