Suspiria – 4K Restoration



Dario Argento’s 1977 groundbreaking and influential horror extravaganza Suspiria is back on the big screen (a blu-Ray is also on the way), thanks to an unbelievably gorgeous 4K restoration by those guys at Synapse Films. The restoration team benefited from supervision and approval by the film’s cinematographer Luciano Tovoli, starting work (three years ago) from the original uncut 35mm Italian camera negative. They were able to recover the originally intended 4.0 surround sound mix,  so Goblin’s legendary score will haunt you with more efficiency…

Previous transfers of Suspiria had either tons of missing elements or recreated the lower quality Eastman process of film transfer. From now on, with this impressive release, we get pristine technicolor treatment, intended colors you’ve never seen. It is Christmas before time for aficionados and even for film buffs who are not necessarily fans of the genre. Suspiria benefits from the same kind of royal treatment Visconti’s Il Gattopardo got a few years back.

This is one major theatrical re-release, not to be missed if you love films.


*** For Montrealers, Cinema du Parc is showing Suspiria 4K from December 1-7 in a special engagement.  — Rest of the World, check your local listings.

Synapse official Blu-Ray Release : December 31st 2017



Atypical Serial killer Movies # 13


# 13 – Chi l’ha vista morire? / Who saw her die? (Aldo Lado, Italy, 1972)


A sculptor, who’s daughter was brutally murdered by a serial killer leads his own inquiry.

A fine example of the Italian Gialli genre (a mix of horror and investigation film). Preceding by a year the similar and much more favored (at least by critics) Don’t look now, this thriller is simply better than Roeg’s film. The bone chilling music, a sinister children choral work is top 25 All-time Morricone. You also get, one time-James Bond, George Lazenby as the lead, supported by Stindberg and adolfo Celi, as well as beautifully shot city of Venice for its Background to action. Beautiful and Creepy.

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FNC 2017: The mind bending world of Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani



Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani are special guests of the 46th FNC this week. A unique occasion for Montreal film buffs to get acquainted with this peculiar duet of film makers from Belgium. During the Fest, their three features are showcased with a collection of their shorts (6), followed by an intriguing Masterclass, (Saturday October 7, 1:00 PM cinémathèque Québécoise ). They were also offered a Carte Blanche and they selected two classic westerns All’Italiana : Faccia a Faccia (1967) and Keoma (1976) to introduce  to the public. It is especifically with this kind of retrospective events that the fest can fulfill its mission to please pure film buffs.

Cattet and Forzani’s stylish work displays their solid affection for the Italian film genres of the 1960-70’s, notably the Giallo (the Italian word for yellow). These provocative films (even by today’s standards), a mix of slasher, horror and police investigation, were dubbed Gialli (in the plural form) as the ideas originated from a series of Pulp-like Continue reading