Sunday, 10 August 2014

Deep Red (1975)

I watched the 127 minute directors cut on Arrow Blu-Ray.

Whilst not as immediately beautiful as Suspiria, Profondo Rosso delivers with some stunning camera work reminiscent of Carol Reed's The Third Man, great performances by Hemmings and Nicolodi, one of Goblin's best soundtracks and a plot that will keep you guessing until the end.

This film features some of the best cinematography in any of Argento's work. Each frame is lovingly arranged and composed by Argento, with the subject either in extreme close-up or at the edge of a stunning wide shot. Negative space, deep depth of field, macroshots, reverse zoom, static and tracking shots; Argento throws the lot at us. The only thing missing is his love of colour used in Suspiria to great effect.

A great giallo and a great, possibly the greatest, Argento film.

Original letterboxd review

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