Tagli Profondi di Dario Argento 'Deep Red'


Tagli Profondi di Dario Argento

Daily from Oct. 19-20
7 p.m.
Oct. 19
9:30 p.m.
Oct. 20
9:15 p.m.
Oct. 21
3 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.
Film, Holiday

If there’s a common criticism leveled against Italian director Dario Argento, it’s that his films eschew logic. The assertion is accurate enough, but it wrongly assumes that Argento cares about representing the world in sensible terms. On the contrary, Argento’s vast filmography constitutes a nightmarish alternate universe governed by sinister beings and supernatural forces. Just as nightmares resist rational interpretation, Argento’s films unnerve with disorienting cinematography, drenching the most harrowing of acts in ultra-saturated colors. In recognition of Argento’s lasting influence on giallo films (a term generally used to signify an Italian crime thriller), Trylon Cinema is offering a chilling weekend double-feature. The set is led by one of Argento’s most renowned works, Deep Red (1975), wherein a pianist, stumbling upon a grisly murder, must identify the killer before becoming a victim himself. Reacting to the senselessness of violence in the everyday world and its relation to the genre he helped popularize, Argento crafted Tenebre (1982), a twisted murder mystery involving an American novelist whose homicidal tales inspire a deranged serial killer.