FC @ Venice 6: Luca Guadagnino’s ‘Suspiria’ and Mike Leigh’s ‘Peterloo’

Posted on September 3, 2018

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Luca Guadagnino’s reworking of Dario Argento’s most famous giallo work, Suspiria, is similarly set in West Germany, in the late 1970s. But unlike the earlier film, which blew off this time- and place-setting information with a bit of on-screen text, this version takes pains to situate itself in its era. The big news is the hijacking of Lufthansa Flight 181 by Palestinian terrorists, demanding the release of imprisoned members of the Baader-Meinhof group. As unease rages on the streets, a dance student barges into a psychiatrist’s office. His copious notes on her, which include charts and diagrams and mysterious codes, look like Tolkien’s jottings for the Lord of the Rings books — but the dancer leaves us in little doubt about what she thinks is going on at her school. “They are witches,” she says, casually tossing off a fact that, in the Argento film, would have been considered a huge spoiler. No such prologue, in fact, exists in the original, which ran a lean 100 minutes. Guadagnino’s version goes on for 52 minutes more. How else to fill the time?

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