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Suspiria (1977)

R | | Horror | 12 August 1977 (USA)
An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.

Director:

Dario Argento

Writers:

Dario Argento (screenplay), Daria Nicolodi (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Harper ... Suzy Bannion
Stefania Casini ... Sara
Flavio Bucci ... Daniel
Miguel Bosé ... Mark (as Miguel Bosè)
Barbara Magnolfi ... Olga
Susanna Javicoli Susanna Javicoli ... Sonia
Eva Axén ... Pat Hingle
Rudolf Schündler ... Prof. Milius
Udo Kier ... Dr. Frank Mandel
Alida Valli ... Miss Tanner
Joan Bennett ... Madame Blanc
Margherita Horowitz Margherita Horowitz ... Teacher
Jacopo Mariani ... Albert
Fulvio Mingozzi Fulvio Mingozzi ... Taxi Driver
Franca Scagnetti Franca Scagnetti ... Cook
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Storyline

Suzy Bannion travels to Germany to perfect her ballet skills. She arrives at the Tanz dance academy in the pouring rain and is refused admission after another woman is seen fleeing the school. She returns the next morning and this time is let in. She learns that the young woman she saw fleeing the previous evening, Pat Hingle, has been found dead. Strange things soon begin to occur. Suzy becomes ill and is put on a special diet; the school becomes infested with maggots; odd sounds abound; and Daniel, the pianist, is killed by his own dog. A bit of research indicates that the ballet school was once a witches' coven - and as Suzy learns, still is. Written by garykmcd

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Certificate:

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Russian | English | German | Latin

Release Date:

12 August 1977 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dario Argento's Suspiria See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,248
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Company Credits

Production Co:

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Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm magnetic prints)| Quadrophonic (Circum-Sound) (Japan theatrical release)| Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (prints)| Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Joan Bennett's partner (later husband) David Wilde was a fan of Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) and it was at his urging that Bennett agreed to appear as Madame Blanc despite her objections to the violence in films at the time. Besides Wilde's admiration was the all-expenses paid trip to Italy. Bennett however immediately regretted having said yes after finding the Italian filmmaking process slow and disorganized. One day, in preparing for a scene in which she had only one line, Bennett reported to the studio, had her hair and makeup done, got into costume, all by 12:30 pm but then it was five hours before the scene was actually shot. The one consolation was getting to know fellow cast member Alida Valli who befriended Bennett and Wilde introducing them to the excellent and little known restaurants. See more »

Goofs

(76:13) In the English dubbed version, the Latin sentence cited by Prof. Milius is full of mistakes and thus virtually unintelligible ("Quandum ubique, quandum semper, quandum ad omnibus creditur est."). The line as intended by the author can, however, be heard in the Italian version: "Quoddam semper, quoddam ubique, quoddam ab omnibus creditum est." Translated, it means, "There is always a everywhere, some believed by all." See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: Suzy Banyon decided to perfect her ballet studies in the most famous school of dance in Europe. She chose the celebrated academy of Freiburg. One day, at nine in the morning, she left Kennedy airport, New York, and arrived in Germany at 10:40 p.m. local time...
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Alternate Versions

One of the scenes in the beginning of the film had its soundtrack remixed in the U.S. Anchor Bay Special Edition of the film. There are now loud bursts of thunder overlapping Pat shouting about the secret room and the iris flower to Sara, making the former's lines almost completely inaudible. See more »

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Adapted from "Music in Similar Motion" by Philip Glass
Arranged by Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli, Agostino Marangolo and Massimo Morante
Performed by Goblin
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They don't make 'em like they used to...
17 April 2015 | by bowmanblueSee all my reviews

...and some people may say 'Thank goodness for that.' Some people might, but not me. Suspiria has a lot going for it. It also has a lot of negatives about it. In fact, it may even be one of those rarest of films which actually might benefit from a modern day remake.

It's about a young American girl who enrols in a ballet school in Europe. Unfortunately, the school is run by witches (and not even the nice Nicole Kidman types from Bewitched).

The good: the film is spectacular to watch, simply because of the use of rich and vibrant colours in every scene. If ever a movie had 'a look' then this is it.

The bad: the acting. It's dubbed. And when was the last time you watched a film with Oscar-winning performances that had been dubbed? The acting is pretty bad.

The indifferent: the musical score. If you like electro (and possibly have seen Dawn of the Dead 1979) you may be familiar with the band The Goblins. Well, they outdo their previous work with a truly loud score. It's supposed to make you jump and create tension. Personally, I liked it, but I've read plenty of negative comments saying how it was too loud, distracting and even made people have to turn the volume up and down all the way through the film.

There is gore - low budget stuff though and if you like your horror slow burning and colourful, you might get something out of this.


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