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© Les films du Camelia

Dario Argento
1982 - Italy - 1h41
int. -12 ans

Screenings : tuesday 23 - 7:30 pm - Pathé - 2 - presented by Gautier Roos - journalist
An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer who is murdering everyone associated with his latest book.
“In Dario Argento's filmography, Tenebrae (Tenebre, 1982) follows on from the baroque and decorative excesses of Suspiria and Inferno and is intended to mark a return to the “giallo”, or Italian crime cinema, rooted in the urban reality of Italy despite its exalted sadism and convoluted plots. True to his taste for excess, Argento approached this return to thrillers from the angle of ultraviolence and introspection. Inspired by something that occurred in New York during the preparation of Inferno – when he received telephone death threats from a deranged admirer – he imagined the story of a successful crime novelist caught up in a series of murders committed by a fanatical reader. Cinematographer Luciano Tovoli bathes the film in a clinical white light that abandons the usual shadows of horror cinema in favour of showing everything in its modern, anonymous setting, the Roman district of the EUR. The film's bravura piece is the exploration of a house by an omniscient gaze that flies over the roof and observes future victims through the windows, to the resounding music of Claudio Simonetti. This virtuoso continuous take was shot using a Louma, a remote controlled camera mounted on a telescopic arm, bringing unprecedented fluidity and agility to the shots.” (Olivier Père;

Cast : Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon, Daria Nicolodi, Giuliano Gemma, Christian Borromeo
Screenplay : Dario Argento
Cinematography : Luciano Tovoli
Sound : Mario Dallimonti
Editing : Franco Fraticelli
Music : Massimo Morante, Fabio Pignatelli, Claudio Simonetti

Production : Sigma Cinematografica Roma

French distributor : Les Films du Camélia