Dario Argento’s Suspiria

Suspiria is an Italian horror film of 1977, directed by Dario Argento. It stars Jessica Harper, Alida Valli, Stefania Casini, Joan Bennett and Miguel Bosé. Based on the essay Suspiria de Profundis by Thomas De Quincey, it is the first film in the film trilogy known as The Three Mothers, completed by Inferno (1980) and La terza madre (2007) . The soundtrack for the film was composed by the progressive Italian rock band Goblin.

Its particular visual style, close to Expressionism and characterized by an extreme use of color and a carefully designed scenery of modernist inspiration, and its original combination of clichés of the fairy tale with others from the “giallo” and “gore”, have consecrated it as a work of worship. He has influenced filmmakers such as John Carpenter, Paul Schrader,  Brian de Palma or Nicolas Winding Refn.

It is considered one of the most emblematic and successful works of its creator along with Profondo Rosso (1975); Bennett being nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1978.

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