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Dario Argento: the absolute master of giallo and Italian horror

Dario Argento: the absolute master of giallo and Italian horror

by horrormovies.gr08/02/2014

Undoubtedly belongs to the elite of horror films of all time. The reason for the Italian filmmaker Dario Argento who's rich and qualitative filmography has spare countless thrills to friends of the scene. The influence of his works was definitely big in acceptors both colleagues and whole idioms in space (e.g. the slasher).

Born in Rome on September 7, 1940. Film producer's son Salvatore Argento and Brazilian photographer Elda Luxardo, the young Dario once developed from early veneration for the movie and especially for the horror scene, influenced by the nightly horror stories that diigoytan's aunt and the exciting stories of Hans Christian Andersen, Edgar Allan Poe and the brothers Grim. Started writing in various periodicals on cinema when he was in high school. The Dario opted not to go to University and the next step was to become a columnist at the daily journal "Paese Sera" of Rome. He continued writing scripts for various, not so well known Italian films of various categories (police, comedies, Westerns) until 1968 succeeds his first historic collaboration: putting his personal stamp on the script of the classic spaghetti westerns "Once Upon A Time In The West" by Sergio Leone huge.

The significant participation of ambitious Dario in the history of one of the best Westerns of all time, xetharreyei the young screenwriter and without stalling attempts his directorial debut two years later. "The Bird With The Crystal Plumage" (original title: L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo) released on 19 February 1970 and immediately became a success at the box office of Italy, picking up 1,650,000,000 Italian lire, almost double the amount of its budget. Also experienced considerable success and outside the Italian borders.

bird with crystal plumageThe specific debut considered station for Italian horror ntetektibikoy scene known as "giallo". Utilizing effectively the success recipe of the classic "Blood And Black Lace" (1964) by Mario Bava giallo father, recognized as the springboard for the unstoppable rain from giallo movies that swarmed the Italian cinema in the coming years. Unsurprisingly many talented Italian filmmakers rushed to exploit the success of "The Bird With The Crystal Plumage" by adopting similar techniques resulting in the formation of an extremely rich and qualitative horror subclass for which Italy can be proud. Alongside the film laid the foundations for a great sequel from his creator. The Argento will use several motifs from his debut in subsequent works that will consolidate its own distinctive, elaborate, directorial style for which he is worshipped by his friends ' artistic ' terror.

argentoIn 1971 the Argento circulating two notable giallo, "The Cat o ' Nine Tails" and "Four Flies On Grey Velvet" which, together with the iconic debut is often recognized as informal trilogy under the name "Animal Trilogy" (apparently because of animals mentioned in the titles of these films). That period begins and the constant collaboration of Director with the rock band Goblin whose magical musical themes will accompany numerous films in the future.

After an arguably quality beginnings Argento risk with television partnerships. In 1973 he creates for the Italian network RAI an anthology horror/thriller/mystery drama elements consisting of four episodes. Nice effort entitled "Door Into Darkness" (La porta sul buio) and o Argento directed two of the four episodes. This is the "The Tram", which he wrote and directed under the pseudonym Sirio Bernadotte and the "Eyewitness", which he wrote together with his assistant, Luigi Cozzi. In the next video effort entitled "The Five Days", Argento grapples with drama and comedy, but fails, and fortunately for us will return soon in giallo with spectacular results.

Year station in 1975. This year the Argento creates one of the greatest horror film of his career (some perhaps the greatest). The name masterpiece is "Profondo Rosso" or "Deep Red" as has prevailed internationally. "Deep Red" with ingenious plot, intelligent aproblepsimotita, the haunted music themes of the Goblin and the stylized blood baths off rocketing and rightfully considered one of the best all-time giallo – many even better.

deep redThis film gained international acclaim and together with all the early Argento's giallo films influenced filmmakers horror cinema's giants like John Carpenter. By the time the filming of "Deep Red" starts the professional but also the Director's love affair with the actress, screenwriter and producer Daria Nicolodi who stars in "Deep Red" while participating in other Argento films until 1987 and from different positions. Together of the Argento will become the second time father getting the Asia which will lead to many future jobs of her father.

SuspiriaThe 1977 Italian circulating another gem that none other than the nightmarish masterpiece ' Suspiria ', exploring this time metaphysical paths. The artistic image of the "Suspiria" supported by the intricate directed by Argento and efialtikotera one of the musical themes of all-time (r.r. again from the Goblin) enchants audiences and critics around the world who bows in front of the undisputed greatness of directorial Italian. "Suspiria" is the first part of the trilogy "The Three Mothers" which will be complemented by the very good and also artistic "Inferno" of 1980 and the very moderate "Mother of Tears" of 2007. It is also worth noting that before the "Inferno" Argento collaborated with George Romero engaging in production and in the soundtrack of the cult classic "Dawn of the Dead" in 1978.

tenebreThe entrance of Dario Argento in the 80s was the outstanding "Inferno", which remained in the supernatural motifs like "Suspiria". To 1982 but the Italian will return in giallo with Tenebrae ' excellent ', another infamous, provocative and violent giallo with intelligent plot. "Tenebrae" had broad view in Italy and in the rest of Europe but limited in the U.S. While encountered serious problems with the censorship of the time. In Britain was banned, even entering the notorious black list of video nasties.

In 1985 the Argento circulates the amazing "Phenomena" which combines the giallo and supernatural tradition with maestriko way. "Phenomena" is one of the first movies of Jennifer Connelly and once again the musical themes of Goblin (and not only) enchant. In Italy and in Spain he scored major box office success while in the U.S. released notable with the common title "Creepers".

That same year the Argento collaborates with Lamberto Bava (son of the great Mario Bava) undertaking the production of the cult horror film "Demons" by doing the same for the sequel "Demons 2 ' 1986 having contributed the scenario of two films. In 1987, offers us another great giallo considered by many the last great film of Italian, just do not share that view. Going for the bloodied yet artistic "Opera", one of the biggest commercial successes of Italian in the country. Unfortunately for him, the success of "Opera" overshadowed by some nasty incidents in his personal life including the death of his father during filming and the separation with the years Daria Nicolodi's partner. The production for this 80s ends with another collaboration, this time with the great Italian Director Michele Soavi in 1989. The Argento contributed to production and script of "The Church" (La Chiesa) is often recognized as the third part of the series of films "Demons" and "Demons 2 '.

The next step of the Italian, who had moved temporarily (until 1995) in the USA, made in 1990 with a remarkable collaboration with the legend of George Romero zompotainiwn. The two filmmakers create the horror anthology "Two Evil Eyes" (Due Occhi Diabolici) giving film personality in two stories of the great Edgar Allan Poe. The Argento's segment is based on the story "The Black Cat" and generally speaking gaining in popularity. In 1993 the Argento delivers another great giallo, "Trauma", where for the first time, starring his daughter Asia Argento.

Stendhal syndromeShe will star in the next father's horror film of 1996 entitled "The Stendhal Syndrome", the first film that Argento uses CGI for certain special effects. Despite the interesting topics that explores the work from this point onwards emerge some alarming weaknesses in their thorybisan fans of the Italian master. However, despite mixed reviews and clouds of question, which began timidly to accumulate, the film became the biggest success of Argento in Italy and he has to be proud of the fact that he is the only Director that he was allowed to shoot footage in the famous Uffizi Art Museum in Florence's Gallery.

Unfortunately the ominous predictions after "The Stendhal Syndrome" were confirmed by the unacceptable "Phantom of the Opera" that followed in 1998. This is a bloody version of the classic story of Gaston Leroux but lacks serious directing and acting, looking for rough work of someone random and asimoy adventurer rather than a sophisticated military and filmmaker. However the Argento did not pass in the current period of prolonged decline with lowered hands. The fought hard and for a half decade gave the audience some meaningful jobs that kept him on the surface with dignity.

Non ho sonnoWith the "Sleepless" (Non ho sonno) 2001 sporadically finds the good old self by leveraging the rich heritage of giallo (particularly the legendary "Deep Red"). "The Card Player" 2004 may be deprived of the traditional directorial of sophistication but never ceases to see pleasantly like a well-written detective thrileraki managed relatively well the ubiquity of the internet in the main topic. The telemovie Do You Like Hitchcock? " (2005) is pleasantly surprised by embedding effective various traditional chitskokika patterns in a very easy to digest film that pays tribute to the absolute ruler of suspense. Also the two episodes of the television series "Masters of Horror" that directed the 2005 (Pelts) and 2006 (Jennifer) have generally received positive reviews.

But because the glass that breaks xanakollaei not (at least not easily), with disappointingly modest "Mother of Tears" (La terza madre) 2007 begins the steep decline in quality of Argento's career that continues to this day. The problematic "Giallo" of 2009 and totally unacceptable "Dracula 3D» 2012 are by far the worst moments in the Filmography of Italian together with" Phantom of the Opera ", causing frustration among his followers who now think seriously that their favorite filmmaker probably should consider its withdrawal from the active. Anyway his career is full of glitz, glory is long ago earned the recognition given by worldwide horror quality friends. The major influence on horror cinema is undeniable. You don't need to do anything else to convince us well. Just a view of the wonderful films from the long list of illustrious filmography. Thanks Dario…



– the directorial techniques and common patterns in Dario Argento's films are as follows:

    • Close-ups of mesh, more often the killer.
    • Frequent shots of the hands of the killer who kills time or getting ready to kill his victims. In these hands is Argento's own and usually wear black gloves.
    • Usual the protagonist being a foreigner (American or British) located somewhere in Europe, often in Italy.
    • Often the protagonist deals with some artistic profession as a musician, singer, author, dancer, etc.
    • Application techniques to mislead the viewer through weaknesses of actors to observe or to properly interpret a situation.
    • Frequent use of bizarre, peculiar and atmospheric music themes to increase of horror and suspense.
    • Frequent use of steadicam.
    • All the narratives in his films made from Argento's own voice.

– the first wife was Marisa Casale with whom he had one daughter, Fiore Argento.

– in the early 1990s the Argento planned to cooperate with the other legend of Italian horror Lucio Fulci a horror film. Due to financial difficulties the project was postponed and although gathered money in 1996, Fulci's death in March of the same year, cancelled the project. Eventually the film directed by Sergio Stivalleti in 1996 and released in 1997 under the title "The Wax Mask", with Fulci Argento and to earn a place in the screenplay credits.

– the father (Salvatore Argento) and brother (Claudio Argento) by Dario Argento have assisted very often in films from the positions of producer and executive producer.

– in November 1997 the Argento opened in Rome a Museum and souvenir shop of horror movies and science fiction under the name "Profondo Rosso" (from the film) in the basement where his films as well as parts of their special effects.

– one of the sources of inspiration of Argento is the favorite of director Ingmar Bergman.


SEE ANYWAY: The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1970), Deep Red (1975), Suspiria (1977), Phenomena (1985)

And The PROPOSED Cat ': o Nine Tails (1971), Four Flies On Grey Velvet (1971), Inferno (1980), Tenebrae (1982), Opera (1987), Trauma (1993).

When YOU SEE the ABOVE, PIThANWS WILL YOU LIKE: Two Evil Eyes – The Black Cat (1990), The Stendhal Syndrome (1996), Sleepless (2001), Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005)

DANGEROUS ZONE: THINK WELL BEFORE the WATCH: The Card Player (2004), Mother Of Tears (2007)

AVOID HORIS ENDOIASMOYS: Phantom Of The Opera (1998), Giallo (2009), Dracula 3D (2012)







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