October 9, 2018

Episode 384: Suspiria (1977)

Special Guests: Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, Clare Nina Norelli
Guest Co-Hosts: Maitland McDonagh, Rob St Mary

We kick off #Shocktober2018 with a discussion of Dario Argento’s 1977 film Suspiria which stars Jessica Harper as Suzy Banyon, a young dancer who travels from New York to Germany to attend a prestigious dance academy to not do lot of dancing but, instead, to become embroiled in a mystery...

Maitland McDonagh (Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento) and Rob St. Mary join Mike to discuss this classic, atmospheric horror tale. Authors Alexandra Heller-Nicholas (Suspiria) and Clare Nina Norelli help unravel the mystery of Argento's most note-worthy film.

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Visit Riverdale Ave Books
Read Alexandra Heller Nicholas's interview with Barbara Magnolfi
Read Alexandra Heller Nicholas's Three Mothers Redux: Kathy Acker, Pina Bausch, Tilda Swinton and Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria
Read Clare Nina Norelli's Scores on Screen column
Read about Stan Douglas's Suspiria installation

"Markos" - Goblin
"Suspiriorum" - Stan Douglas
"Suspiria (Celesta and Bells)" - Goblin
"Witch" - Goblin


1 comment:

  1. I seem to be one of the only Argento fans whose least favorite films of his are the Three Mothers; that includes the original Suspiria unfortunately. I love the look and music, but disliked everything else about it, and I keep returning to it each year hoping to improve my opinion, to no avail, having attempted 4 rewatches. I much preferred Luca's version, found it coherent and with a purpose that overshadowed the original, as it took the source in a different direction, which too many people hated it for. My thought is that the original is held up on this impossible pedestal that I as one of the few people not a fan of it among his work could accept the different approach to the material in a wholehearted way. I appreciated the slow burn approach to the idea of witches working behind the scenes of a dance academy where they actually danced onscreen. I'm also fast becoming a fan of Dakota Johnson as an actress. Strangely enough, my only major problem was Tilda Swinton's "secret" role, which I found distracting more than all else. But Jessica Harper's role was also a welcome nod to the original, as much as I am not that big a fan of Dario's. To-may-toe, To-Mah-Toe. Love the show, you do great work.