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L. Andrew Cooper

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037092

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037092.001.0001

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Interviews with Dario Argento

Interviews with Dario Argento

(p.149) Interviews with Dario Argento
Dario Argento

L. Andrew Cooper

University of Illinois Press

This essay presents two interviews with Dario Argento, one conducted by Élie Castiel and the other by Stephane Derderian. In the Castiel interview, Argento talks about early influences on his career; his approach to every film; eroticism and sadism as well as the question of voyeurism in his work; the importance of objects in the genre films that he has made; and the future of horror films. In the Derderian interview, Argento shares his thoughts on the bloodiness in Deep Red; what the subject of visual memory that often comes up in his films such as The Bird with the Crystal Plumage represent for him; the place of homosexuality in his films; why people who see his films don't look for a suspect as much as they look for a truth; the psychology of the murderer vs. the psychology of the investigator in his films; and the presence of the world of painting in Deep Red, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, and The Stendhal Syndrome.

Keywords:   interviews, Dario Argento, eroticism, sadism, voyeurism, horror films, visual memory, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, homosexuality, painting

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