A flashback to giallo and Dario Argento’s ‘Suspiria’, a remake of which will premiere at the Venice Film Festival

Posted on August 9, 2018


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With the dawn of the millennium, Village Voice – the famous New York-based newspaper, and America’s first alternative newsweekly – felt it was time to come to a consensus on the 100 best films of the 20th century. Distinguished film critics were invited to participate in a poll, and the results were published in the January 4, 2000 edition. At Number 1 was, unsurprisingly, Citizen Kane, and the list continued along expected lines. Renoir. Hitchcock. Ford. Dziga Vertov. Murnau. Jean Vigo. Dreyer. Bresson. Kurosawa. Kubrick. Coppola. Ray’s Pather Panchali came in at Number 13. In short, the films already celebrated as classics were the films that were found here – until you came to Number 100. That place went to Dario Argento’s Suspiria (1977), whose kinda-sorta remake, by Luca Guadagnino, will premiere at the Venice Film Festival this year.

Why is the inclusion of Suspiria, in this list, a surprise? Because it’s hardly a “classic” in the generally understood sense – it’s more of a cult film, a guilty pleasure. Look at the tone of even the positive reviews. Mike D’Angelo (Letterboxd) wrote: “In which Argento wisely minimizes the expository ‘dramatic’ stuff at which he stinks and prioritizes the gaudy delirium at which he excels.” Ed Gonzalez (Slant) wrote: “It may be Argento’s silliest work, but while its plot is scarcely sensible, the film rightfully earns its notoriety via Argento’s fabulous and detailed engagement and reworking of fairy-tale motifs.” Scott Tobias (The A.V. Club) wrote: “With sights and sounds that aim for sensory overload, Suspiria converts vulgarity and excess into high art, escalating to a fever pitch on former Antonioni cinematographer Luciano Tovoli’s eye-popping images and Goblin’s assaultive score.”

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