Dario Argento's occult thriller Suspiria
turns forty this year, and despite its age it is very much in the news. Synapse's cinematographer-approved restoration will have its grand reveal at Fantasia in August, while a separate Italian restoration is currently already doing the rounds. And after a decade of false starts, this year a remake will finally be released, directed by Luca Guadagnino and starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson and Mia Goth.
There's more: because the original has an anniversary, several labels see fit to re-release the film on disc. For an example, just check the stunning Leatherbook Edition released in Germany this month
With all that attention lavished on it, you can rightfully call Suspiria
a beloved title. But is it a bit TOO beloved perhaps? I know several people who feel nothing for the film, or who even profess hatred. Suspiria
sure is an odd film in that Dario Argento sacrifices everything for a nightmarish mood, even normally essential movie qualities like "plot" and "acting", and this pisses many people off. Colors and fairy-tales are interspersed with truly shocking violence, making this an acquired taste.
I can see both sides' points. Lovers of the film argue that the film is a psychedelic experience, an audio-visual ride rather than a story, and should be judged as such. Haters of the film tend to demand more substance underneath the style, and I agree with them that the film has an insanely stupid plot (when I hear there were behind-the-scenes fights about who got credited for the script, I kept thinking: who'd want to own THIS script credit?!).
So let's make that the question this week: does Dario Argento's Suspiria
warrant the love and attention it gets, or is it vastly overrated?
Chime in, in the comments below, and HAVE YOUR SAY!
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