Fear at 400 degrees: the cine-excess of suspiria

Xavier Mendik

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This 30 minute documentary explores the making of Dario Argento’s 1977 film in light of wider social trends and tensions inherent in 1970s Italy. The documentary explores the extent to which the filmmaker's visual style was complicated by the reception of the gender representations in his films. In the course of the documentary both the director and other key creators of Suspiria debate the film and its meanings with academics and film critics. The range of topics discussed include issues of narrative style, reflections of 1970s political tensions in Argento's cinema and innovative new readings of the lesbian subtexts to Suspiria.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 4 Sept 2009
Eventother - The Cyprus Days Film Festival 13-22 October 2010, The DAMS Film Festival, Rome 2010 and The Sitges Film Festival, Catalonia 7-17 October 2010.
Duration: 4 Sept 2009 → …

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