Friday, February 02, 2024

I Double Dario You

The documentary Dario Argento Panico is out on Shudder today -- it is, in case the title didn't give it away, about the director Dario Argento. He's the maestro behind such movies as Suspiria, Inferno, Deep Red, and Thomas Kretschmann turning into a gigantic grasshopper. Bravo, Signore Argento. Bravo.  Anyway here is the trailer for the doc if you missed it -- I watched the doc last night and if you're a fan it's pretty much indispensable. The best stuff in it is all the stuff about his relationship with his daughter Asia -- their working relationship and their personal relationship and how the former benefitted the latter. It's surprisingly lovely? I had an inkling that Dario might actually be an alright dude (and not the perverted lunatic his movies imply) after watching his deeply empathetic performance in Gaspar Noé's movie Vortex a couple of years ago (and if you've never seen Vortex I highly recommend it) but this doc kind of solidifies that impression. He seems in the school of Wes Craven -- a solid guy who got all his freaky shit out on the screen, the way art was intended. How sweet!

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