Dario Argento

Submitted by on Oct 7, 2015

Dario Argento

a cult figure in the world of horror

Dario Argento began as a screenwriter second-rate films, and has become a classic of Italian horror. It is most fully revealed the horror genre such as Jalla, combining elements of thriller, suspense and eroticism. The authority of the director can not be questioned. He quoted in his films such masters of cinema as John Carpenter and Stanley Kubrick.

Author: Andrew Puminov

Early career

Dario Argento was born in Rome on 7 September 1940. His father, Salvatore Argento, was a famous producer, and his mother, Elda Luksardo, photography. My uncle was also an influential producer and screenwriter, so Dario from the beginning opened the way to the movies. The most vivid memories of childhood, according to the director, is the time when he is sitting on the lap of the Italian movie star Sophia Loren.

His career began as a Dario Argento film critic and screenwriter. Since 1968, he began to write articles for the newspaper ‘Paese Sera’ and its first scenario. Talented young man quickly noticed influential filmmakers. At the same time Argento met with Sergio Leone and Federico Fellini. which have had a significant impact. He wrote a few scenes for the film Leone ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’, as well as pictures of the script ‘One evening over dinner’.

The activity of Dario attracted major film producer Goffredo Lombardo. He invited him to work in the company “Titanus” where an aspiring filmmaker for two years, has written 12 scripts.

In 1970, with financial support from the father Dario Argento released his first feature film ‘The Bird with the Crystal Plumage “. The picture was shot in the genre Jalla – Italian specific direction, combines elements of thriller, horror and erotic. A relatively young genre founded another Italian horror master Mario Bava. Taking the suspense of Hitchcock, he filled it with distinctive visual content, which were the basis of the stylish, sophisticated and bloody murder scenes, a demonstration of action through the eyes of a killer, the presence of black leather gloves, madness and paranoia, explicit scenes of an erotic nature.

A new direction instantly grabbed Argento. For the first film was followed by a second – ‘cat of nine tails’ (1971), followed by the third – “Four flies on gray corduroy’ (1972), which concluded the so-called ‘animal’ trilogy. These pictures showed indisputability his particular talent and received critical acclaim. But the main thing – they were well received by the public. A little-known genre Jalla suddenly became incredibly popular in Italy.

World fame

Dario Argento became widely known after the film received a ‘blood-red’ (1975). It became the work that marked the rise of the director, and together with it and Jalla rose to unprecedented heights. During the filming of the picture Dario met his future wife, Daria Nikolodi who became his muse and assistant for many years. She bore him a daughter Asia, which went the way of his father and became an actress and director.

In the ‘blood red’ comes to the fore a completely unique style of the director, with fascinating colors and very good operator. From a technical point of view, the picture is flawless: the frenetic editing and music has nerves worse than Hitchcock’s thrillers. But drama and psychology of the characters interact badly with the visual component of the work. Realizing this, Argento and will continue to build his works on the principle of self-valuable clutter long episodes. He will donate sense, opting for pure emotions and special effects.

In the 70 years the director was at the peak of creative activity, removing his best films. In 1977 came the picture ‘Suspiria’, and in 1979 – ‘Inferno’. At the ribbon ‘third mother’, which appeared on the screens in 2007 alone, they form a trilogy about three sisters witches, associated with the dark forces. These films are the best examples of the genre Jala.

The same success was the motion picture ‘The Phenomenon’ (1984), which the director considers the most personal. It was filmed in English, and has caused mixed reviews in the press. However, Argento’s next film ‘Opera’ (1987), all of a sudden turned out to be a failure. The director did not take off as much as 7 years, working primarily in television projects.

Recent work

In 1993, Argento is back in a big movie, putting the film ‘Trauma’. In his first role it played the daughter of director Asia. She also starred in the director’s next film ‘Stendhal Syndrome’ (1996), which was, according to critics, one of his best works. The film tells about a young female police officer, who suffers from a mental abnormality called the ‘Stendhal syndrome’. Its essence lies in the fact that the patient perceives a painting as a true reality and lives within it. Woman cop on the trail of a maniac living in different realities and plunging into parallel worlds.

This complex of intrigue and artistic techniques of the film was very well received by critics and audiences, forcing to take another look at the extraordinary personality of the director. He restored the reputation of Argento, although some fans accused him that he was very ‘ogollivudilsya

‘, replacing the razor and gloves on a gun.

In 1998, he published a picture of ‘Phantom of the Opera’, in which the main role again sang Asia. Tape participated in the competition program of the Cannes Film Festival, where has caused mixed reviews. Most critics considered the work a success, but the true connoisseurs Jalla reacted negatively to it.

In the 2000s, interest in Dario Argento slept. He worked mostly on the American TV channel Showtime, which has put a few episodes for the series ‘Masters of Horror’. In 2014, he released his film ‘Dracula 3D’ on the famous novel by Bram Stoker.

Despite the fact that recent work Argento did not have much success, he still remains one of the leading producers of Italian horror. Born into a family of successful parents, he was able to seize the opportunity and reach the top in their craft. Moreover, Argento became a cult figure and one of the most influential authors in the world of horror.

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