Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 311: Thu Nov 7

Suspiria (Argento, 1976): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 8.45pm

This screening, part of the BFI Gothic season, will be preceded by director Dario Argento in conversation. The film is also shown on November 17th. Details here.

BFI introduction: Eschewing monochrome shadows in favour of garish colour, Argento’s phantasmagoric journey into the occult is a case of Gothic at its most vibrant. Aspiring ballerina Suzy Banyon enrols at a prestigious European dance academy, only to uncover the terrifying mysteries kept hidden by its faculty. Co-written with actress Daria Nicolodi, the plot follows a disorienting dream logic that is perfectly complemented by a hyper-real visual style, blending operatic violence with a fairy-tale twist. – Michael Blyth

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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