The Department of French and Italian

Italian Film

Thu, October 25, 2007 | MEZ BO.306 100 (basement)

8:00 PM

Deep Red (AKA Profundo Rosso), Dario Argento's 1975 uber-giallo is, more than any other film, the cornerstone of the director's work. Written with the help of Bernardino Zapponi, shot in vivid, hyper-real color, and scored with ear-rattling rock-and-roll, it is a thriller like none before and few since. Eschewing the dark sets and foggy streets that had been cliché since the silent era, Argento built upon the broad daylight and manicured production values of Hitchcock to establish a new idiom for the suspense film. Restored and released uncut by Anchor Bay, it is a film that deserves a place on the shelf of every horror and suspense film fan.

When British musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow Up) witnesses a brutal murder in Rome, he becomes embroiled in the police investigation. Obsessed with the idea that he is forgetting some crucial detail, he risks becoming either the chief suspect or the next victim. Assisting him is Gianna (Daria Nicolodi in her first Argento film) as a gadfly reporter, and Calcabrini (Eros Pagni as an apoplectic police detective).

From these narrow plot threads, Argento weaves on of his best, and most imitated films. Deep Red is a stylish, stylized, and richly shot giallo.

~Rob Wrigley

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