Posts Tagged ‘Dario Argento’
On February 21, 2012, the School of Cinematic Arts at USC hosted “An Afternoon with Italian Horror Maestro Dario Argento and SUSPIRIA.” First, we were held spellbound for 92 minutes by the splendiferous visual and aural design of Argento’s masterpiece, Suspiria, as a 35mm film print was given an increasingly rare screening on the big screen in the Ray Stark Family Theatre. This was followed by a Q & A with the maestro, after which Argento stayed to personally meet us one on one. The video above includes most of the Q & A.
Recommendation: If you ever find yourself offered an opportunity to see either Suspiria on the big screen or Dario Argento in person, you should thank your lucky stars. And sit in the front row!
You can read an article from American Cinematographer on the cinematography of Suspiria here.
Argento is the man after whom “The Argento Shot” is named.
What is an “Argento Shot?”
1. It’s the shot that makes a film worth watching, even if there are no other shots worth watching in the film.
2. There is always at least one such shot in a film.
4. I coined the phrase based on what Argento said, but I don’t know if anyone else has used it.
An example? Yes, they are a bit more than a shot, but my wife suggests Bruce Campbell’s cameos in Congo and Waxwork II: Lost in Time. (View the latter here.)
For more examples of Argento shots, click here.