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Art of Darkness - The Cinema of Dario Argento Paperback – 1 Feb 2001
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"...Five chapters on Argento movie themes (including voyeurism, alchemy, Gothic heroines, art and Poe) are followed by each feature, from The Bird with the Crystal Plumage to Sleepless. All the facts are here (with video, DVD and laser availability) and the detailed reviews are by various writers..." -- Psychotronic Video
"...Written with knowledge and enthusiasm (the piece on Inferno by Mitch Davis is particularly passionate), this is the ultimate tribute to one of cinema's most unique talents, and its lavish production brings it pretty close to being a work of art itself." -- Film Review - Five Stars!
"...a hyper-lush large-format hardback which mixes reams of serious Argento analysis with huge, crystal-clear stills, full-colour reproductions of bloodthirsty promotional posters and cast-and-crew details of every film..." -- Terroriser
"320 well-informed and delightfully illustrated pages take the reader on a journey through the dark and sometimes twisted world Argento has created in films such as Opera, Trauma and Suspiria..." -- Metal Hammer, 9/10
"Art of Darkness is a book which any film-maker - genre or mainstream - would feel honored to have written about him." -- Fangoria
"As well written and informative as this volume is, the real star is the unbelievable assortment of Argento-related ephemera, ranging from lobby cards, international movie posters, behind the scenes stills and more, many in full color and presented for the first time anywhere..." -- Horrorview.com - Five Star review!
"Julian Grainger's chapter on Deep Red is the highlight, but Stephen Thrower's reading of Suspiria, Argento's masterpiece, is also first class. The brief look at Argento's TV work and producer/writer credits is something of an afterthought, but that's easy to forgive given the book's other element: the pictures..." -- Total Film - Book of the Month!
"Long overdue for praise is Chris Gallant's excellent Art of Darkness: the cinema of Dario Argento. Like FAB's excellent book on Lucio Fulci, this is a beautifully-illustrated look at the cinema of director Dario Argento, including other films that he worked on as producer or script-writer...Excellent value and highly recommended." -- Shivers
"Never before has so much information and opinion on Argento and his films been gathered together in one place. The 300+ pages are bursting with essays, reviews, stills, posters, admats, fotobusta's...and the most complete filmography to date..." -- Dark Dreams website --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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These essays generate some fascinating in depth ideas and arguements regarding Argento's work. Also, there are a collection of essays from different writers (all with different ideas and approaches)on every individual Argento film. Some of these, on SUSPIRIA, INFERNO, DEEP RED, OPERA and BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE are excellent. Others are more uninspired, like Kim Newman's take on FOUR FLIES ON GREY VELVET, and the essays on PHENOMENA and FIVE DAYS IN MILAN. Also, some of the bad Argento films are unfairly highly rated (TRAUMA).
But overall, this is the best book on films I've read. Most of it is written with passion and intelligence, and a great deal of imagination. For people that can't understand this book, or those who complain that it's academic, you're missing the point. If you want to read some fanboy reviews, read FANGORIA; if you want 5 star reviews and lots of adjectives, read Empire. This isn't a consumer book, it's an intelligent book. It's an example of serious, intellectual criticism. If you're not intelligent enough to read it, don't buy it. Get back to Empire, Hot Dog, etc.
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FAB Press publishes some incredible books on film, and this is no exception. It's a labor of love, like all of FAB's books, and is meant for fans who take their directors/films seriously. Worth it at twice the price.