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Broken mirrors/broken minds [electronic resource] : the dark dreams of Dario Argento /
Maitland McDonagh.
edition
Expanded ed.
imprint
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2010.
description
xxvii, 293 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
ISBN
081665607X (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780816656073 (pbk. : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
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imprint
Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, 2010.
isbn
081665607X (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780816656073 (pbk. : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Introduction to the Dark dreams of Dario Argento -- Bird with the crystal plumage -- Cat o'nine tails and Four flies on grey velvet -- Cinque giornate and Deep red -- Suspiria and Inferno -- Tenebrae and Creepers -- Opera and Two evil eyes -- Epilogue -- Afterword: trauma and the changing face of horror -- Interview with Dario Argento (circa 1985).
general note
Originally published: London : Sun Tavern Fields, 1991.
catalogue key
8838205
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 281-293).
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Maitland McDonagh is a film critic and TV commentator who maintains her own Web site, MissFlickChick.com. She was the senior movies editor of TVGuide.com from 1995 to 2008.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2010-10-01:
Expanded from the its previous editions (1991, 1994), this edition of McDonagh's book on Italian filmmaker Dario Argento (b. 1940) features a revised introduction and discussions of Argento's recent television projects (for the "Masters of Horror" series) and films--including the little-known Stendhal Syndrome (1996) and Giallo (2009). The latter title derives from Argento's chosen specialty, horror--in Italian, giallo--with bizarre, elaborately choreographed crime scenes that have influenced American serial killer and slasher films. An acknowledged authority on her subject, McDonagh displays unabashed enthusiasm for what she describes as the "dark dreams of death and night and blood" of Argento's classic Four Flies on Grey Velvet, Deep Red, and Suspiria. That admiration does not blind her to the films' flaws and ghoulish tastelessness ("when he errs it's always on the side of exuberant bad taste"). A surrealist at heart--and, argues McDonagh, an artistic cousin of Hitchcock--Argento has "taken advantage of the fact that the horror genre, because of its guaranteed box office appeal, has always leant itself to freedom of formal experimentation denied to less economically stable genres." Despite the unfortunate absence of an index, this edition of McDonagh's readable book merits inclusion on shelves devoted to horror. Summing Up: Recommended. Undergraduates through faculty and professionals. J. C. Tibbetts University of Kansas
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
This text, which dissects such Argento cult films as 'Two Evil Eyes', 'The Bird with the Crystal Plumage', 'Suspiria', and 'Deep Red', includes a new introduction discussing Argento's most recent films, from 'The Stendahl Syndrome' to 'Mother of Tears'; an updated filmography; and an interview with Argento.
Main Description
Italian filmmaker Dario Argento's horror films have been described as a blend of Alfred Hitchcock and George Romero--psychologically rich, colorful, and at times garish, excelling at taking the best elements of the splatter and exploitation genres and laying them over a dark undercurrent of human emotions and psyches. Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds , which dissects such Argento cult films as Two Evil Eyes , The Bird with the Crystal Plumage , Suspiria , and Deep Red , includes a new introduction discussing Argento's most recent films, from The Stendahl Syndrome to Mother of Tears ; an updated filmography; and an interview with Argento.
Main Description
Italian filmmaker Dario Argento's horror films have been described as a blend of Alfred Hitchcock and George Romeropsychologically rich, colorful, and at times garish, excelling at taking the best elements of the splatter and exploitation genres and laying them over a dark undercurrent of human emotions and psyches.Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds, which dissects such Argento cult films asTwo Evil Eyes,The Bird with the Crystal Plumage,Suspiria, andDeep Red, includes a new introduction discussing Argento's most recent films, fromThe Stendahl SyndrometoMother of Tears; an updated filmography; and an interview with Argento.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Heart of Darkness: Twenty-first Century Nightmaresp. vii
Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds
An Introduction to the Dark Dreams of Dario Argentop. 3
The Bird With the Crystal Plumagep. 35
The Cat O'Nine Tails and Four Flies on Grey Velvetp. 59
Le cinque giornate and Deep Redp. 91
Suspiria and Infernop. 123
Tenebrae and Creepersp. 159
Opera and Two Evil Eyesp. 197
Trauma and the Changing Face of Horrorp. 223
Epiloguep. 231
An Interview with Dario Argento (circa 1985)p. 235
Acknowledgmentsp. 251
The Films of Dario Argentop. 252
Select Bibliographyp. 281
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