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Suspiria (1977)

R | | Horror | 12 August 1977 (USA)
An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.

Director:

Dario Argento

Writers:

Dario Argento (screenplay), Daria Nicolodi (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Harper ... Suzy Bannion
Stefania Casini ... Sara
Flavio Bucci ... Daniel
Miguel Bosé ... Mark (as Miguel Bosè)
Barbara Magnolfi ... Olga
Susanna Javicoli Susanna Javicoli ... Sonia
Eva Axén ... Pat Hingle
Rudolf Schündler ... Prof. Milius
Udo Kier ... Dr. Frank Mandel
Alida Valli ... Miss Tanner
Joan Bennett ... Madame Blanc
Margherita Horowitz Margherita Horowitz ... Teacher
Jacopo Mariani ... Albert
Fulvio Mingozzi Fulvio Mingozzi ... Taxi Driver
Franca Scagnetti Franca Scagnetti ... Cook
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Suzy Bannion travels to Germany to perfect her ballet skills. She arrives at the Tanz dance academy in the pouring rain and is refused admission after another woman is seen fleeing the school. She returns the next morning and this time is let in. She learns that the young woman she saw fleeing the previous evening, Pat Hingle, has been found dead. Strange things soon begin to occur. Suzy becomes ill and is put on a special diet; the school becomes infested with maggots; odd sounds abound; and Daniel, the pianist, is killed by his own dog. A bit of research indicates that the ballet school was once a witches' coven - and as Suzy learns, still is. Written by garykmcd

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After completing the specialized color work on this production, Technicolor Rome reportedly dismantled their remaining three-strip equipment. See more »

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Characters sometimes say "Ciao!" to each other, even though none of them are Italian. See more »

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Narrator: Suzy Banyon decided to perfect her ballet studies in the most famous school of dance in Europe. She chose the celebrated academy of Freiburg. One day, at nine in the morning, she left Kennedy airport, New York, and arrived in Germany at 10:40 p.m. local time...
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC with edits made to the opening heart stabbing murder, Sara's throat being slashed, and a dog savaging the blind man's throat, and the 1990 Entertainment In Video release featured the same print. The 1998 Nouveaux video was uncut but suffered from a poor print transfer, and all later releases were widescreen and intact. See more »

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Adapted from "Music in Similar Motion" by Philip Glass
Arranged by Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli, Agostino Marangolo and Massimo Morante
Performed by Goblin
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''She must die, die, DIE! "
30 August 2005 | by phillindholmSee all my reviews

"Suspiria" has been acclaimed as director Dario Argento's masterpiece. And it certainly is. The plot is fairly simple. American ballet student Susy Banyon (Jessica Harper) travels to Germany to attend an exclusive ballet school. Once there, she discovers that there is more going on within than just dance instruction. Although the school's directress, Madame Blanc (Joan Bennett) welcomes her warmly, she is unsettled by her aide, Nazified teacher Miss Tanner (Alida Valli), as well as several mysterious student disappearances. When her new friend Sara (Stefania Casini) is the latest to vanish, Susy begins her own investigation of the academy. Filmed in bright, lurid Technicolor, and accompanied by a thundering soundtrack by Goblin, Suspiria is a nightmare-come-to-life. The performances of Harper, Bennett and especially Valli (like Bennett, a major star of the Golden Age) are solid, as is the unrelentingly creepy atmosphere. Also on display are two especially gruesome murders which happen near the beginning of the film. Argento later said that he modeled the look of the film directly on Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and, indeed the similarities are apparent. "Suspiria" may not always make perfect sense plot wise, but it's a thrilling roller-coaster ride through what may very well be Hell. "Suspiria" ranks as one of the best Italian-made horror films of all time.


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