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Total Eclipse (Live Version)
Written by Kristian Hoffman (as Kristian Robert Hoffman)
Performed by Klaus Nomi
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It isn't an easy watch but it is a very rewarding one.
Where do you start with a movie like this? Yes, that's an odd way to start, but if you see the movie, you'll get it. I know it's good, perhaps great, but the 'why' and 'how' elude me. It's hard to know even what genre it fits in. This is undoubtedly good filmmaking, but will it translate? How will an audience, increasingly attuned to instant gratification react to a disruption to their diet?
Let's back up. A remake of the 1977 Italian horror 'Suspiria', this re-imagining (I believe the current term is) updates the revered body impressionistic horror masterpiece for a modern day audience. This may well upset purists and although the film can't escape its predecessor, there's a lot going on here that outshines the original.
The 2018 Suspiria (Latin for 'sighs') tells the story of Alice, who moves to Berlin during the autumn of '77 to pursue a dance career at The Markos Dance Academy, under the tutelage of Madame Blanc. Arriving just after the death of an ex-student who accused the school of being a cover for a coven of witches, it's clear reasonably early on that not all is as it seems.
This is excellent filmmaking, full stop. Director Luca Guadagnino, hot off Oscar winner 'Call Me By Your Name' brings half his 'A Bigger Splash' cast together for to traumatise them in the name of art (he clearly has a thing for forbidden & difficult relationships).
The always excellent Tilda Swinton leads the cast playing three main characters (she's unrecognizable in two of them). She's not the young pretty lead, but she easily out acts everyone else combined - this is really her movie. Dakota Johnson does better than expected for the pretty young lead
This is an arthouse equivalent to the Blumhouse led horror renaissance. It's a slow build, mediative, sexual, thriller that hints at the beast beneath. It's about female empowerment, control (the men are authority compromised figures or terrorists) & it cleverly parallels the main story with a real life hostage situation, contrasting group madness vs the individuality of its standout leads.
At times this isn't an easy watch (even for a horror fan) but it is a very rewarding one. It forces you to analyse, guess, interpret and question everything and everyone - the movie will work its way into you and stay with you for long after you've left the cinema. The only question left is, will you believe in witches?
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