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on 26 August 2003
Profondo Rosso is widely held to be Dario Argento's best film. It is also held by some to be fairly dull, with the inventive death scenes few and far between.
In my opinion, the second view is a mistake. The whole film is saturated with a menacing atmosphere, and almost every moment is a delight. Do you think the scenes of David Hemmings investigating the derelict house are boring? Look again. Visually it's wonderful. Do you think the scenes between Hemmings and his co-star, Daria Nicolodi, are unnecessary? On the contrary, they're integral, going a long way to dispel the accusation that Argento is sexist and also being a pleasant suprise in the not-usually-woman-friendly giallo tradition. (oh, and the scenes of the pair in Nicolodi's car are priceless...)
Argento can do more than just portray death, and it is also this quality that turns his film 'Tenebrae' into a small masterpiece. On the other hand, when Profondo Rosso (his very large masterpiece) deals out death, we again come up trumps, particularly with the last two murders. And who can forget the prelude to the psychic's murder, as the camera roams about the killer's possessions of knives, marbles, crudely drawn figures with massive bleeding?
Thus, it gets five out of five from me. One more thing before I sign off- Gabriele Lavia plays the unluckiest wretch ever to grace a giallo. I can't tell you why without massive spoilers, but just as you think it couldn't get worse...
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