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thumbnail Suspiria (2018 Germany)

Event, Fantasy, Genre, Horror , trackback

Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring:  Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Doris Hick
Genre: Horror, fantasy
Duration: 152 mins

Dario Argento’s 1977 landmark of horror clearly enthralled Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, A Bigger Splash). His version in six acts with an epilogue has Susie Bannion, a sheltered Mennonite from Ohio, arriving in late Seventies Berlin to attend the prestigious Helena Markos Dance Academy. Immediately, she is hit with reminders of German history, from the Nazi era to the Berlin wall straight outside the academy’s doors. The Baader-Meinhof Gang throws bombs in the streets and danger is everywhere, especially inside the academy where Madame Blanc (Tilda Swinton) enlists Susie to perform in Volk, a modern dance piece where a wrong move can cause bodily injury…

Swinton stuns in the role, playing the chain- smoking taskmaster with an intensity and sudden flashes of warmth that make all the girls her slaves. The score from Radiohead’s Thom Yorke creates an inescapable feeling of melancholy and mystery.

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