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Friday, January 18, 2008

Dario Argento to Make First English-Language Movie in 15 Years

Acclaimed Italian horror auteur Dario Argento will next be directing an English-language film, according to a story posted to The Hollywood Reporter yesterday.
Contrary to the report, however--and to oft-repeated accounts elsewhere on the 'net--it is not his first. That would be 1985's Phenomena, which helped launch the career of my beloved Jennifer Connelly. Argento also helmed the full-on Hollywood production Trauma in 1993.
The film will be appropriately entitled Giallo, a reference to the Italian thriller/slasher movie genre of the same name. The tale of a serial killer and the detective who is desperate to stop him, it will star Ray Liotta, Vincent Gallo and Dario's lovely daughter Asia, pictured here (Madonna mia!)
Argento's star has been on the rise in the U.S. lately thanks to Jenifer and Pelts, two episodes he made for the Showtime Masters of Horror TV series. He is best known for the 1977 blood-soaked classic Suspiria, featuring the hardest-to-watch death scene in horror history (two words: razor wire).

10 comments:

mako said...

Asia -the craziest actress !

B-Sol said...

She was quite good in Land of the Dead. But yeah...there are some interesting pictures of her out there on the web. This was one of the tame ones!

Karl Hungus said...

I can't get excited about this at all, Argento hasn't done anything I've enjoyed since Sleepless. (Still to see Mother of Tears mind you)

B-Sol said...

I've heard good things about Jenifer, but I haven't had a chance to check out any of the Master of Horror episodes yet.

Garg the Unzola said...

YES!
Argento is the best.
Hey, thanks for adding the Necro Files to your links. I'll link to you from my Vampira page.

Sleepless is AwEsOmE I should review it sometime.

pot head pixie said...

I think Argento's lost it creatively. He doesn't do anything interesting visually any more - not like in Suspiria, Inferno, Profondo Rosso, Tenebrae and Phenomena.

Argento's Masters of Horror episodes are pretty good but again, nothing to write home about.

Haven't seen Mother of Tears either but I will...

B-Sol said...

No problem Garg, my pleasure!

Hollywood Gothique said...

If you look closely at the lip movements, you will see that Argento's films tend to be shot largely in English, even when they are made in Italy, in order to increase the export value. Argento once called English the "Esperanto of the Italian Film industry" or something like that.

pot head pixie said...

I always thought that different actors spoke different languages in the same film - even in the same scene sometimes. Look at some of the scenes with David Hemmings and Daria Nicolodi in Deep Red, for example....

B-Sol said...

Most Italian movies, especially during the 1960s-1980s, were shot in multiple languages on set, and later everything was redubbed. Most of the time, they weren't even recording the sound on the set--as a cost-saving measure. Every bit of dialogue was done in post. That's why even the actors who are speaking in their own language sometimes looked dubbed.

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