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Image from Suspiria (1977)

Image from Suspiria (1977)

Excerpt from Benefit of the Doubt: Chromatic March analysis: Suspiria

Argento's films are frequently described with the anachronistic term "grand guignol," which suggests macabre theatricality, the opera of the horrific. The ballet academy is a vast grand guignol set, the sort of place that you might expect to be built out of craft materials for a stage. It never really becomes a building for us, the audience... our understanding of its geometry is twisted and fragmented, revealed in shots of hallways and closed doors and empty rooms. Somewhere there's a great red hallway... somewhere there are a number of dance studios, a locker room, a pool. Some hallway houses a stairway to a dark attic where they store freshly-delivered meat. We have a general idea of the front door and the massive blue entrance-hall, but these are just for guests; everything else is jumbled together behind the walls, displaced and reconfigured, like Danielewski's House of Leaves.
 

Link to the full article: http://benefitofthedoubt.miksimum.com/2010/03/chromatic-march-analysis-suspiria-1977.html

Link to image source: SciFiNow, Dario Argento "wasn't consulted" on Suspiria remake by Sara Dobbs http://www.scifinow.co.uk/news/27657/dario-argento-slams-suspiria-remake/

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