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A Film Diary

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March Blind Spot. Dario Argento’s celebrated, lurid horror – currently being remade by Luca Guadagnino and set to star Tilda Swinton, Chloe Grace Moretz and Dakota Johnson – is full of Kubrickian formalism, not least in terms of the set design of the ballet school in which the majority of the action takes place. These incredible rooms and symmetrical corridors look amazing, especially when coupled with Argento’s use of colour, with dominant pink and heavy use of red, yellow and blue throughout. The film also sounds superb, from the increased volume used for foley work to the creepy Goblin soundtrack. I was hooked from the opening sequence, which is utterly terrifying, but ultimately it’s a shame that Suspiria is let down by lots of bad acting. It’s par for the course with giallo and lots of 70’s genre cinema, I know, and I’m also aware that it appeal to many viewers because of its kitsch value, but it undercuts everything good about the movie. Glad to have finally seen it, though – it’s a visual and sonic treat, and very disturbing at times. (****)