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Deep Red (1975)

Profondo rosso (original title)
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After witnessing a brutal murder, a pianist is unsuspectingly pulled into a complex web of mystery.

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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 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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The maker of "SUSPIRIA" now takes you on a journey through the macabre, the bizarre. . . the unnatural. See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | German

Release Date:

11 June 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deep Red See more »

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| (R-rated) | (export)

Sound Mix:

Mono | 4-Track Stereo (Japan theatrical release)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Even if the story is set in Rome, most of the outdoor scenes were actually shot in Turin. See more »

Goofs

After the Murder of Amanda Righetti when Proff Giordani is in the Bathroom of her house. He is seen talking to the maid as he has just discovered the message on the wall, He begins to scratch the right side of his head leaving his hair messy. But in the next shot as he is leaving the room we see his hair is back to its normal position. See more »

Quotes

Calcabrini: What are you doing in Italy?
Marcus Daly: I am a pianist. Jazz. I teach here at the conservatory. I teach jazz.
Calcabrini: And you play the piano, right? So, in that case you don't have a job, right?
Marcus Daly: I told you, I'm a pianist.
Calcabrini: Yeah, sure.
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Alternate Versions

The original UK Redemption video release was cut by 11 seconds to remove scenes of 2 dogs fighting and a live lizard impaled with a pin. The 2005 Platinum DVD issue is slightly re-framed (to exclude the lizard scene) and restores the dog sequence, as it seems likely that they are playing rather than fighting. After receiving information from the production company that the lizard scene was faked (the pin was described as an 'effects shot') the BBFC waived the cut for the 2010 Arrow DVD. See more »

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It Even Has An Intriguing Story
18 October 2005 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

As with other Argento giallos, the accent in "Deep Red" is on the visuals: the artsy sets, the garish lighting, the tendency for the camera to dwell on brutal details. Images are stark, with high contrast in lighting. And there's lots of visual symmetry. Emotionally, "Deep Red" is cold, entirely appropriate, given that the theme relates to the psychological coldness of a killer.

But unlike "Suspiria", wherein the story is almost irrelevant, "Deep Red" has an intriguing premise, with a plot that, although slow to get going, is nevertheless coherent, and builds to a riveting finale. I was quite surprised at who the killer was. Clues are very subtle, but they're there, if you know where to look. There's a nifty plot twist toward the film's end. I like the visuals in all of the Argento films I have seen. But "Deep Red", more than others, has a better developed story line. As such, the film is my second favorite Argento giallo. My personal favorite is "The Bird With The Crystal Plumage".

Weak dialogue and weak characterization permeate Argento's films. But his fans don't seem to mind. I certainly don't. What I did find annoying in "Deep Red" was the background music. Most viewers like the sound of Goblin. But to me, the music was too frantic, and not really suitable for a thriller.

There are few contemporary horror films that compare to those of Dario Argento. His giallos are: Gothic, brutal, impressionistic, artistic, and sometimes surreal. "Deep Red" is one of the best.


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