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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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Part three of the "Three Mothers" trilogy which takes place in Rome and has to do with Mater Lachrymarum (The Third Mother).

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Cast

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 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 Jacopo Mariani ... Albert
Fulvio Mingozzi Fulvio Mingozzi ... Taxi Driver
Franca Scagnetti Franca Scagnetti ... Cook
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Storyline

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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The Only Thing More Terrifying Than The Last 12 Minutes Of This Film Are The First 92. See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Russian | English | German | Latin

Release Date:

12 August 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dario Argento's Suspiria See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Seda Spettacoli See more »
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Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| Quadrophonic (Circum-Sound) (Japan theatrical release)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (prints)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Eva Axén, who played the part as Pat Hingle, had to stay on the set over one week to complete her scenes. 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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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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The Masterpiece of Dario Argento
9 April 2005 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

In a stormy night, the American dancer Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) arrives in Freiburg coming from New York to join a famous and expensive ballet school for a three-year training. On the next morning, she is informed by the direction of the school that a student she met leaving the place on the previous night was violently murdered and the police is investigating the crime. She becomes friend of another student, Sara (Stefania Casinia), and she realizes that the house is indeed a coven of evil and destructive witches led by the powerful Helena Markus, the Black Queen, who has a tremendous talent for doing evil.

It took me twenty-eight years to have the chance for watching "Suspiria". This masterpiece of Dario Argento has never been released on VHS in Brazil, and only a couple of months ago a new Brazilian distributor released this magnificent double DVD, recorded on DTS and having lots of extras, including a documentary about Dario Argento. "Suspiria" is outstanding, and has exceeded my best expectations: the story is excellent, its atmosphere recalls a nightmare, with the amazing use of strong bright colors and the soundtrack from the Italian band Goblin is very scary. The cult actress Jessica Harper has another great performance and her character Suzy seems to be trapped in a nightmare. I certainly include "Suspiria" among my favorite horror movies and I only regret the time I have missed without having the chance of watching this stunning work of one of my favorite directors. My vote is ten.

Title (Brazil): "Suspiria"

Note: On 08 July 2013, I saw this movie again.

On 02 December 2016, I saw this film again.


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