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Deep Red (1975)

Profondo rosso (original title)
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A jazz pianist and a wisecracking journalist are pulled into a complex web of mystery after the former witnesses the brutal murder of a psychic.

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Dario Argento
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
David Hemmings ... Marcus Daly
Daria Nicolodi ... Gianna Brezzi
Gabriele Lavia ... Carlo
Macha Méril ... Helga Ulmann
Eros Pagni Eros Pagni ... Supt. Calcabrini
Giuliana Calandra ... Amanda Righetti
Piero Mazzinghi Piero Mazzinghi ... Bardi
Glauco Mauri ... Prof. Giordani
Clara Calamai ... Marta
Aldo Bonamano Aldo Bonamano ... Carlo's Father
Liana Del Balzo Liana Del Balzo ... Elvira
Vittorio Fanfoni Vittorio Fanfoni ... Cop Taking Notes
Dante Fioretti Dante Fioretti ... Police photographer
Geraldine Hooper Geraldine Hooper ... Massimo Ricci
Jacopo Mariani ... Young Carlo (as Iacopo Mariani)
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Storyline

A psychic who can read minds picks up the thoughts of a murderer in the audience and soon becomes a victim. An English pianist gets involved in solving the murders, but finds many of his avenues of inquiry cut off by new murders, and he begins to wonder how the murderer can track his movements so closely. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Taglines:

Flesh Ripped clean to the Bone... And the Blood runs Red... See more »


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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | German | English

Release Date:

11 June 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dripping Deep Red See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (R-rated) | (export)

Sound Mix:

Mono | 4-Track Stereo (Japan theatrical release)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

After the international success of Dario Argento's next film Suspiria (1977), "Profondo Rosso" was released in Japan under the title "Suspiria 2", even though it has no plot connections to "Suspiria" and was made two years prior to "Suspiria". See more »

Goofs

When Helga Ulmann is introduced during the séance, she is said to be Lithuanian. When her murder is announced on the TV later in the film she is said to be German. See more »

Quotes

Rodi: Olga! Come back here this minute!
[Olga walks back to her father]
Olga: What is it?
Rodi: You little witch. I told you not to do that again!
[Slaps Olga across the face]
Rodi: Now off you go- go on!
[Olga gives her father an evil smirk as she backs away]
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Crazy Credits

"You have just seen Deep Red." See more »

Alternate Versions

The Brazilian version omits an entire sequence of a tracking shot along the killer's table, with the drawings and the dolls, cutting directly from Helga in the theater to Helga on the phone. Also, the dialogue between Mark and Carlo in the piazza has a few lines cut out. See more »

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Dario Argento's Masterwork Or: How I Learned To Love Nighthawks Inspired Set Design!
12 April 2008 | by newnoirSee all my reviews

Deep Red. Without question one of Italian film maestro Dario Argento's giallo masterpiece.

It's flawless. Nearly. Like a nick in the Mona Lisa. Still a thing of beauty despite it. Suspense, shocks, gore, sex, amazingly filmed. It's also one of the funnier of Aregento's films. But at times I wondered, was this meant to be a comedy? Some of the antics between Daria Nicolodi and David Hemmings are straight out of Hepburn and Grant in Bringing Up Baby. Especially the scenes with Daria's little ramshackle crapbox eurotrash Italiano car. Hemmings was never cooler than he was in this film and Daria Nicolodi was never sexier. After seeing this, who wouldn't want to give her the pyhton bone of love? I don't see how Hemmings could have resisted her. Still, the two leads have a razor keen on screen chemistry.

This is one the best giallos (pronounced jah-loh) ever set to celluloid. Argento was in his film-making prime when he made this. His work has gone steadily downhill in his later years. Even second rate Aregento is worth watching. But I fear he may never reach this creative and technical apex again that he hit with Deep Red. The worse Dario's teeth get, the worse his films get. We all get older but after seeing him in his later years he really needs to get his sometimes brilliant ass to the local Mambo Italino dentist, baby.

On the downside, the version of the film I saw had no complete English language translation. The film cut back and forth, sometimes in mid-sentence when an actor was speaking, between Italian and English. Just goes to show that you should always have an on set sound boom operator instead of recording everything in post as they did in those days. Here's hoping they recover the full English dubbing they had from the original theatrical release.

You can see American artist Edward Hopper's influence in this film. A bar seen multiple times in the film is a real life recreation of Hopper's world famous Nighthawks painting.

The suspense and shocks of Deep Red will make you jump out of your seat. Even if you're not easily scared. One downside is that the film ends way too abruptly. The film reaches its climax and BOOM! Roll end credits. Give us a moment or two to savor the exquisite climax of Deep Red. The film is like a night of wild sex and then getting your ass kicked to the curb the instant its all over. Buy us a damn proverbial drink afterwards, Deep Red filmmakers.

Ciao.


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