Movies on the Big Screen as They Were Meant To Be Seen.
20th Century Fox,
Dir: Dario Argento
Jessica Harper, Joan Bennett and Udo Kier star in this landmark giallo inspired by an essay by 19th-century opium eater Thomas De Quincey. Argento’s magnum opus (the first of his “Three Mothers” trilogy) mixes witchcraft, nubile young flesh and expressionist set design into a truly hellish brew. SUSPIRIA is as visually ravishing as it is violent; its director explaining the film’s distinctive look as “trying to reproduce the color of Walt Disney’s SNOW WHITE.” Goblin’s eerie progressive rock soundtrack envelopes listeners in a web of Moog, mellotron and guitar, and has been sampled in everything from Hong Kong action films to hip-hop songs.
Director Fritz Lang jumped (with abandon) onto the 1940s Freudian bandwagon with this wildly symbolic cinematic fright ride. On a pre-wedding holiday, Joan Bennett meets the real man of her dreams (Michael Redgrave), who sweeps her off her feet and into a nightmarish honeymoon that's a cross between REBECCA and BLUEBEARD. Ridiculous but visually stunning!
Dir: Fritz Lang
Gotham College professor Richard Wanley (Edward G. Robinson) becomes obsessed with a woman’s portrait in the window near his men’s club. While admiring the painting, he meets the flesh-and-blood subject (Joan Bennett) and is willingly lured up to her apartment for some Champagne. The woman’s boyfriend bursts in, gets the wrong idea, a lethal scuffle ensues, and before you can say “poor sap,” Wanley agrees to dump the body and cover up the death. Much like in SCARLET STREET, Robinson and director Fritz Lang make a great team, with Robinson perfectly evoking the dangerous pathos of a middle-aged man tempted by youth.