Thursday, December 15, 2011
Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento, by Maitland McDonagh
(pb; 1991, 1994, 2010: non-fiction)
From the back cover:
"The horror films of Italian filmmaker Dario Argento have been described as a blend of Alfred Hitchcock and George Romero - psychologically rich, colorful, and at times garish, taking the best elements of the splatter and exploitation genres and laying them over a dark undercurrent of human emotions and psyches. Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds, which dissects such Argento cult films as Two Evil Eyes, The Bird with the Crystal Plummage, Suspiria, and Deep Red, includes a new introduction discussing Argento's most recent films, from The Stendahl Syndrome to Mother of Tears; an updated filmography; and an interview with Argento.
Excellent and interesting analytical study of Argento's oeuvre - his great, not so great and in-between works: a must-read for Argento fans.
Worth owning, this.
Argento's influence found its way into this poem I wrote and published in 2010: Rotten tooth blues (Dario Argento mix).