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With Argento's trademark visual style, linked with one of his more coherent plots, Tenebrae follows a writer who arrives to Rome only to find somebody is using his novels as the inspiration (and, occasionally, the means) of committing murder. As the death toll mounts the police are ever baffled, and the writer becomes more closely linked to the case than is comfortable. Written by
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A sample of the film's theme song ('Tenebre') by Goblin appears in the songs 'Phantom' and 'Phantom pt.2' by French house duo Justice, on their album 'Cross' (2007). See more »
On the telephone, the killer tells Peter Neal that "you wrote those words, page 46," but in fact the words quoted would have had to be on an odd-numbered page of the book TENEBRAE, given the placement of the text we see in the opening sequence. See more »
I've been charged, I've tried building a plot the same way you have. I've tried to figure it out; but, I just have this hunch that something is missing, a tiny piece of the jigsaw. Somebody who should be dead is alive, or somebody who should be alive is already dead.
You know, there's a sentence in a Conan Doyle book, "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."
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Anne's screams continue even as the ending credits roll. See more »
When You Eliminate the Impossible, Whatever Remains Might Be the Truth
The successful American writer from Rhode Island Peter Neil (Anthony Franciosa) travels from New York to Rome to promote his new best-seller Tenebre. He is received by his agent Bullmer (John Saxon) that schedules an interview in a talk show. As soon as Peter arrives, there is the murder of a shoplifter and Detective Germani (Giuliano Gemma) is assigned to the case. He meets Peter and tells that the killer was inspired by his novel to commit the crime. Peter receives a letter from the murderer and soon two lesbians are murdered. The killer writes that perverts must be eliminated and Peter suspects of the host of his show. However, when you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains might be the truth.
"Tenebre" is one of the best "giallos" by Dario Argento. The story is very well constructed and technically speaking, there are long traveling with the camera and magnificent sound effects. The haunting music score from Goblin is also awesome. The VHS released by Anchor Bay in widescreen is spectacular and has extras in the end after the trailer. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): Not Available
Note: On 02 March 2017 I saw this film again on DVD.
Title (Brazil): "Tenebre"
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