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Tenebre (1982) Poster

(1982)

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The films poster shows an image of a woman with her throat cut. The UK release attempted to censor the violent image by placing a red bow around the neck in the image!
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Director Dario Argento called star Anthony Franciosa one of the most difficult actors he's ever worked with.
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In Germany, the film is still banned after 25 years of its release. The film has never been released uncut in Germany and according to the FSK (the official censorship in Germany), it never will.
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The word 'Tenebre' is a Latin/Italian term meaning darkness or shadows.
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The impressive two and a half minute crane shot the encircles Tilda's house took three days to be completed. American distributors wanted the shot to be cut from the film for US release, but Argento refused.
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Reportedly inspired after director Dario Argento was stalked by a fan.
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Director's Trademark: (Dario Argento) closeup shots of the killer's hands, clad in black leather gloves.
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Director trademark: [Dario Argento] Murder victim crashes through window.
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Christopher Walken was considered for the lead role.
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The girl with the red shoes in the flashback was played by a transgender person.
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Director trademark: [Dario Argento] Character recalls clues from memory.
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In the Italian language version of the film the opening narration is performed by director Dario Argento.
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The background "muzak" theme playing in the department store at the beginning of the film is taken from the soundtrack of the European version of George Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978) (which was edited and re-scored under Dario Argento's supervision).
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Unused 'muzak' from Goblin's Dawn of the Dead (1978) score in background of scene where Tilda and her girlfriend argue before said girlfriend leaves with a man (right before scene with Argento's famed crane shot).
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In an interview that appeared in Cinefantastique, Dario Argento noted that the film was intended as near-science fiction, taking place "about five or more years in the future ... Tenebre (1982) occurs in a world inhabited by fewer people with the result that the remainder are wealthier and less crowded. Something has happened to make it that way but no one remembers, or wants to remember ... It isn't exactly my Blade Runner (1982), of course, but nevertheless a step into the world of tomorrow. If you watch the film with this perspective in mind, it will become very apparent." Argento later insisted that the film was set in an imaginary city, fifteen years in the future, and that the disaster the city's inhabitants were striving to forget was an atomic bomb blast.
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A sample of the film's theme song ('Tenebre') by Goblin appears in the songs 'Phantom' and 'Phantom pt.2' by French house duo Justice, on their album 'Cross' (2007).
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A "George Kemp" is credited as sole screenwriter on U.S. posters and as co-screenwriter with Argento on some prints of the film.
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Quentin Tarantino has called the murder of Jane via axe his favorite on-screen death scene of all time for its intense imagery, including the key moment where she "paints the wall with blood."
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