Suspiria (Italy, 1977, 98 mins.): Voted the 3rd greatest horror film of all-time by Total Film magazine and the 100th greatest film of the 20th century by the Village Voice, Suspiria, the first in Dario Argento’s “The Three Mothers” trilogy, chronicles the story of Suzy Banyon (Jessica Harper), a young American ballet student studying at the prestigious Frieburg dance academy. Upon Suzy’s arrival in Germany, a series of strange and horrifying events begin to occur. As she investigates further into her school’s matriarchal structure, Suzy uncovers the institution’s dark and seedy history of involvement with the occult. Inspired by an experience of co-writer Daria Nicolodi’s grandmother, Suspiria presents a fantastic and surreal fairy tale in which male and female social roles occupy a unique existence. As Suzy travels further down the ‘rabbit hole,’ the spectator experiences increasing visual and aural stimulation. With its intense soundtrack and vibrant saturation of color, Suspiria combines beauty and horror in an aesthetic experience for which Argento has become famous. Long enjoying a cult following among horror film aficionados, Argento entered the mainstream consciousness when his films received high praise from the titular protagonist of the 2007 hit film Juno. Don’t miss the rare opportunity to see this Italian horror classic on the big screen where one will feel the full impact of Argento’s spectacular cinematography and color composition.
Synopsis by Joshua Cohen