Dario Argento: An Eye For Horror (2000)
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Straight ahead bio documentary of Italian director Dario Argento is complete with interviews with former actors including his wife Daria Nicolodi and daughters Fiore and Asia Argento, fellow collaborators such as George Romero and Ton Savini, directors and friends. Clearly made for television, this doc sadly cuts short many of these interviews leaving you a with a small portrait of a man once called "The Hitchcock of Italy". An example of this is an interview with daughter Asia where she begins to discuss the relationship between her father's feelings towards her mother and the violence that she (Daria Nicolodi) has had inflicted upon her in Dario's films. Asia also touches on her own feelings as the daughter of the director and a feeling of "possibly being created for the sole purpose of being an actress in her father's films". A deeper understanding of these relationships would have given us a much better view of the director's intent and need for the violence that is so well known in his films but everything seems to be cut rather quickly here which I feel is a missed opportunity. Still, one gets a fair sense of the scope of Argento's work and for that it is a decent watch but with the talent assembled here there might have been a truly revealing film here.
Damnit, why can't I have a top producer as a parent? Was intending to use this as a guide to his filmography so I could decide which to view next. Didn't work out for that purpose, but gave me a very nice profile of how this master works. Good for film students and horror fans. Highlights: Romero talks the making of "Dawn of the Dead" and also describes Argento as a "impressionist" film-maker. Savini talks about his work with Argento. Asia Argento discusses (or refuses to discuss) the perplexing psychological implications of her father having filmed many scenes across his filmography in which characters played by his wife and daughters are subjected to the horrors of murder and rape.
Nothing too insightful here. But it is an enjoyable little peek into the mind of one of my favorite directors. Worth seeing if you are a fan of his work.
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