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  (in credits order)
Mark Kermode ... Narrator (voice)

Dario Argento ... Himself

John Carpenter ... Himself

Michael Brandon ... Himself
Claudio Argento ... Himself

Daria Nicolodi ... Herself
Fiore Argento ... Herself

Asia Argento ... Herself
Alan Jones ... Himself

Jessica Harper ... Herself

Alice Cooper ... Himself

Maitland McDonagh ... Herself
Claudio Simonetti ... Himself

Keith Emerson ... Himself
William Lustig ... Himself

George A. Romero ... Himself

Tom Savini ... Himself

Piper Laurie ... Herself
Luigi Cozzi ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Max von Sydow ... Himself, on set filming 'Non ho sonno' (uncredited)

Directed by
Leon Ferguson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Charles Preece 

Produced by
Steve Ayton .... co-executive producer
Richard Journo .... executive producer
Janne Schack .... producer
Nicky Davies Williams .... executive co-producer
Original Music by
Scott Donaldson 
Stephen Reid 
Film Editing by
Leon Ferguson 
Production Management
Alison Palmer Bourke .... executive in charge of production
Michael Ruggiero .... executive in charge of production
Sound Department
Sandy Fellerman .... sound
Danny McCullough .... sound
Michael O'Flynn .... sound
Magdalena Ramos .... sound
Simon Wright .... online audio
Camera and Electrical Department
Robin Barrett .... camera operator
Michael Fardy .... camera operator
John Halliday .... camera operator
Ken Morge .... camera operator: rostrum camera
Ken Preston .... camera operator
Animation Department
Nic Burrill .... animation director
Burrill Nic .... animation director
Jason Selwyn .... animation director
Editorial Department
Paul Haines .... on-line editor
Other crew
Steve Ayton .... director of business affairs
Tracy Carey .... production coordinator
Silvia Cecco .... translator
Paolo Guglielmotti .... researcher
Abi Hedderwick .... location director
Alan Jones .... consultant
Kate McKerrell .... production assistant
Louisa Piccinillo .... translator
Mark Thompson-Ashworth .... Rome fixer (credited as Mark Ashworth)
Paul Watson .... location director
Carla Alonzo .... thanks
Sharon Coles .... thanks
Gerald Journo .... thanks
Marc Morris .... special thanks
Marc Morris .... thanks
Suzy Ross .... thanks
Anthony Timpone .... thanks

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DARIO ARGENTO: AN EYE FOR HORROR (Leon Ferguson, 2000) (TV) **1/2, 11 October 2007
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

Decent but hardly a comprehensive documentary on the Italian horror maestro – despite the involvement of the man himself, his closest collaborators (a number of them family members) and admirers (including contemporaneous genre exponents).

We're shown Argento at work on his then-current production, SLEEPLESS (2001): being a self-confessed loner, he demonstrates a Hitchcock-like aversion to the actual shooting process; at the same time, though, he shrugs off the epithet of "Italian equivalent to the Master Of Suspense" which is often attached to him – claiming that their individual styles couldn't be more different! However, when it comes to discussing his filmography, it rather skimps on important titles: even his influential debut THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (1970) merits no more than a nod, whereas the popular TENEBRE (1982; with its famously elaborate Louma crane shot) is by-passed entirely – as is, unsurprisingly, Argento's disastrous version of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1998)! That said, both DEEP RED (1975) and SUSPIRIA (1977) – still his most accomplished films – are justly given their due; incidentally, the latter is mentioned as being the first part of an as-yet-uncompleted trilogy: actually, the director has just been showing the now-completed film on the festival circuit (hopefully, "The Three Mothers" will be a decisive step up from the mostly disappointing work he has churned out of late).

As I said, interviewees include the likes of Daria Nicolodi (ex-wife, frequent actress, occasional co-writer), Asia Argento (daughter, frequent star), Fiore Argento (daughter from his first marriage, occasional bit-part actress) and Claudio Simonetti (member of the Goblin band, who were responsible for several of the most memorable soundtracks to his films and which represented an integral part in their eventual success). Also on hand are director George A. Romero (with whom Argento collaborated on DAWN OF THE DEAD [1978] and the two-part Poe compendium TWO EVIL EYES [1990], which I just watched), Romero' s regular effects creator and occasional actor Tom Savini (who, alone, worked on Argento's TRAUMA [1993] as well), Piper Laurie (star of TRAUMA) and director John Carpenter (himself perhaps the closest to being Argento's American counterpart, and who admits to being a fan of the Italian's work). One surprising but most welcome speaker is Michael Brandon, star of what is perhaps the director's most requested vintage title – FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET (1971; if only because, due to tangled rights issues, it's yet to receive an official DVD release), which I was lucky enough to watch (albeit via a poor-quality bootleg) while in Hollywood in early '06 and actually consider to be merely average!

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