- Dario Argento’s Inferno is the second leg in The Three Mothers trilogy starting with Suspiria in 1977 and finally culminating in Mother of Tears in 2007.
- The blue radiating lighting in the basement of the library- Argento is at his best when his models/actors are searching through unnerving dark rooms with gothic production design and bold illumination patterns. The same idea happens when the fuse goes out at Sarah’s apartment before she is attacked.
- Argento alternates the story’s setting between New York and Rome but it is all shot in Italy. He uses different colors to mark the sequences in Italy and New York. Again, medieval funhouses with lots of blood, elaborate deaths and beautiful women. The lead actress, unfortunately, is a total non-entity—it would have been great if Alida Valli (The Third Man, Senso) had been more aligned in age with Argento for a collaboration. He could have used an actor of her abilities (she plays a small role here as Carol the caretaker).
- It is strange that the film is 106 minutes long and 10-15 of those are spent watching Kazanian (played by Sacha Pitoëff) drowning a bag of cats.
- There is a great scene of the apartment getting an autopsy (like the end of The Conversation) before heading downstairs with a blaring rock opera playing (by Keith Emerson) and a red light like from the trunk in Goodfellas.
- In another set up there is a fixed colored lighting between the two actors—blue and pink hues in the book store.
- Mario Bava was given a “special thanks” credit but is said to have been very hands on for much of the shoot.
- Recommend but not in the top 10 of 1980
Have you seen Vortex? I haven`t seen it yet, but I am interested if you think that Argento gives one of the best performances of the year, and if director`s acting credits bust them a little on top directors list.
@RujK- I have not caught up with Vortex yet. It is my understanding Argento is an actor in the film, not the director.
@Drake- yes, he is an actor in this film, I was just interested if you think he gives a good performance.
Thanks for taking a look at this Drake, I really like the shots you selected here for the page
@Harry- Appreciate it, Harry. Thanks for the comment.