Dario Argento

Dario Argento was born in Rome, Italy on September 7 1940. He is the son of producer Salvatore Argento. He began his career as a movie critic for the Rome daily newspaper "Paese Sera". A professional screenwriter by the tender age of 20, he joined Bernardo Bertolucci to write the screenplay for Sergio Leone's epic western "Once Upon A Time In The West" in 1967. Many screenplays later, Argento was signed up by Goffredo Lombardo, head of an Italian film company (Titanus) and made his directing debut in 1970 with "The Bird With The Crystal Plumage". His father Salvatore was the producer on all his films up until "Deep Red" when Claudio Argento took over. He has always taken a great interest in all aspects of film making to ensure that the end results of his films are as near to his original vision as possible. One of the first directors to see the possibilities of the steady cam and the 'luma' crane, he used them npth to their full potential. He even helped compose the music for "Suspiria". Many of his films are considered to be `giallo'. Giallo meaning yellow, which in turn came from the yellow covers of the penny-dreadful horror/thriller paperbacks that were sold in Italy. He has directed 15 films - `The Bird with the Crystal Plumage', 'The Cat O Nine Tails', 'Five Days In Milan', 'Four Flies on Grey Velvet', 'Profondo Rosso', 'Suspiria', `Inferno', 'Tenebrae', 'Phenomena', 'Opera', 'Two Evil Eyes', 'Trauma', 'The Stendhal Syndrome', 'Phantom of the Opera' and 'Non ho ...

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Deep Red (1975)

A musician witnesses the murder of a famous psychic, and then teams up with a fiesty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen killer bent on keeping a dark secret buried.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  David Hemmings  •  Daria Nicolodi  •  Gabriele Lavia  •  Macha Méril

A musician witnesses the murder of a famous psychic, and then teams up with a fiesty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen killer bent on keeping a dark secret buried.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  David Hemmings  •  Daria Nicolodi  •  Gabriele Lavia  •  Macha Méril

Inferno (1980)

A young man returns from Rome to his sister's satanic New York apartment house.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Leigh McCloskey  •  Irene Miracle  •  Alida Valli  •  Daria Nicolodi

A young man returns from Rome to his sister's satanic New York apartment house.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Leigh McCloskey  •  Irene Miracle  •  Alida Valli  •  Daria Nicolodi

Dario Argento's World of Horror (1985)

Documentary on horror/mystery film maker Dario Argento. Features an in-depth interview with Argento and covers his work from 1969 to 1985.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michele Soavi
CAST:  Dario Argento  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Keith Emerson  •  Donald Pleasence

Documentary on horror/mystery film maker Dario Argento. Features an in-depth interview with Argento and covers his work from 1969 to 1985.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michele Soavi
CAST:  Dario Argento  •  Jennifer Connelly  •  Keith Emerson  •  Donald Pleasence

The Mother of Tears (2007)

An ancient urn is found in a cemetery outside Rome. Once opened, it triggers a series of violent incidents: robberies, rapes and murders increase dramatically, while several mysterious, evil-looking young women coming from all over the world are gathering in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Cristian Solimeno  •  Adam James  •  Moran Atias

An ancient urn is found in a cemetery outside Rome. Once opened, it triggers a series of violent incidents: robberies, rapes and murders increase dramatically, while several mysterious, evil-looking young women coming from all over the world are gathering in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Cristian Solimeno  •  Adam James  •  Moran Atias

Opera (1987)

A young opperata is stalked by a deranged fan bent on killing the people associated with her to claim her for himself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Cristina Marsillach  •  Ian Charleson  •  Urbano Barberini  •  Daria Nicolodi

A young opperata is stalked by a deranged fan bent on killing the people associated with her to claim her for himself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Cristina Marsillach  •  Ian Charleson  •  Urbano Barberini  •  Daria Nicolodi

Suspiria (1977)

An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Jessica Harper  •  Stefania Casini  •  Flavio Bucci  •  Miguel Bosé

An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Jessica Harper  •  Stefania Casini  •  Flavio Bucci  •  Miguel Bosé

Tenebre (1982)

An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Anthony Franciosa  •  John Saxon  •  Daria Nicolodi  •  Christian Borromeo

An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Anthony Franciosa  •  John Saxon  •  Daria Nicolodi  •  Christian Borromeo

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

An American writer living in Rome witnesses an attempted murder that is connected to an ongoing killing spree in the city, and conducts his own investigation despite himself and his girlfriend being targeted by the killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Tony Musante  •  Suzy Kendall  •  Enrico Maria Salerno  •  Eva Renzi

An American writer living in Rome witnesses an attempted murder that is connected to an ongoing killing spree in the city, and conducts his own investigation despite himself and his girlfriend being targeted by the killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Tony Musante  •  Suzy Kendall  •  Enrico Maria Salerno  •  Eva Renzi

Trauma (1993)

An anorexic young woman escapes from a psychiatric clinic and meets a young man who wants to help. She is caught and returned to her parents, who are soon beheaded by a garrotting stranger making the rounds about town, apparently striking only when it rains. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Brad Dourif  •  Sharon Barr  •  Lester Purry

An anorexic young woman escapes from a psychiatric clinic and meets a young man who wants to help. She is caught and returned to her parents, who are soon beheaded by a garrotting stranger making the rounds about town, apparently striking only when it rains. The ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Brad Dourif  •  Sharon Barr  •  Lester Purry

Two Evil Eyes (1990)

Two horror segments based on Edgar Allan Poe stories set in and around the city of Pittsburgh. "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" concerns a cheating wife who is trying to scam her dying husband out of millions by having her doctor/hypnotist lover hypnotize the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George A. Romero  •  Dario Argento
CAST:  Adrienne Barbeau  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Ramy Zada  •  E.G. Marshall

Two horror segments based on Edgar Allan Poe stories set in and around the city of Pittsburgh. "The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar" concerns a cheating wife who is trying to scam her dying husband out of millions by having her doctor/hypnotist lover hypnotize the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George A. Romero  •  Dario Argento
CAST:  Adrienne Barbeau  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Ramy Zada  •  E.G. Marshall

The Stendhal Syndrome (1996)

A young policewoman slowly goes insane while tracking down an elusive serial rapist/killer through Italy when she herself becomes a victim of the brutal man's obsession.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Thomas Kretschmann  •  Marco Leonardi  •  Luigi Diberti

A young policewoman slowly goes insane while tracking down an elusive serial rapist/killer through Italy when she herself becomes a victim of the brutal man's obsession.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Asia Argento  •  Thomas Kretschmann  •  Marco Leonardi  •  Luigi Diberti

Innocent Blood (1992)

A beautiful vampire turns a crime lord into a creature of the night.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Anne Parillaud  •  David Proval  •  Rocco Sisto  •  Chazz Palminteri

A beautiful vampire turns a crime lord into a creature of the night.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Landis
CAST:  Anne Parillaud  •  David Proval  •  Rocco Sisto  •  Chazz Palminteri

The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)

A reporter and a blind retired journalist try to solve a series of murders. The crimes are connected to experiments by a pharmaceutical company in secret research. The two end up becoming targets of the killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Karl Malden  •  Catherine Spaak  •  James Franciscus  •  Pier Paolo Capponi

A reporter and a blind retired journalist try to solve a series of murders. The crimes are connected to experiments by a pharmaceutical company in secret research. The two end up becoming targets of the killer.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Karl Malden  •  Catherine Spaak  •  James Franciscus  •  Pier Paolo Capponi

Phenomena (1985)

A young girl, with an amazing ability to communicate with insects, is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Jennifer Connelly  •  Donald Pleasence  •  Daria Nicolodi  •  Patrick Bauchau

A young girl, with an amazing ability to communicate with insects, is transferred to an exclusive Swiss boarding school, where her unusual capability might help solve a string of murders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Jennifer Connelly  •  Donald Pleasence  •  Daria Nicolodi  •  Patrick Bauchau

The King of Ads (1991)

A collection of European T.V. commercials directed by a variety of well-known directors from across Europe and the U.S. Compiled and produced by Jean-Marie Boursicot.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese  •  David Lynch  •  Ridley Scott  •  Sergio Leone  •  Roman Polanski  •  Andrei Konchalovsky  •  Federico Fellini  •  Jean-Luc Godard  •  Dick Lundy  •  Carlos Saura  •  Patrice Leconte  •  Gérard Jugnot  •  Franco Zeffirelli  •  Giuseppe Tornatore  •  Claude Chabrol  •  Dario Argento  •  Jean-Jacques Annaud  •  Claude Lelouch  •  Tony Scott  •  Michel Israël  •  Paul J. Smith  •  Étienne Chatiliez  •  Walter Lantz  •  Gérard Pirès  •  Bob Giraldi  •  Hugh Hudson  •  David Bailey  •  Joe Pytka  •  Maurizio Nichetti  •  Bruce Weber  •  Jean-Pierre Mocky  •  Just Jaeckin  •  Don Patterson  •  Jean-Baptiste Mondino  •  Helmut Newton  •  Jean-Paul Goude  •  Jean-Marie Boursicot  •  Alain Franchet  •  Robert Delpire  •  Ricardo Albiñana  •  Atsuta  •  Julian Cottrell  •  Eric De La Hosseray  •  Jaime De La Pena  •  Theo Delaney  •  Martin Lobo  •  The Molotov Brothers  •  Håkan Sjödin  •  Richard Slogett  •  J. Taylor
CAST:  Grace Jones  •  Vanessa Paradis  •  Emmanuelle Seigner

A collection of European T.V. commercials directed by a variety of well-known directors from across Europe and the U.S. Compiled and produced by Jean-Marie Boursicot.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese  •  David Lynch  •  Ridley Scott  •  Sergio Leone  •  Roman Polanski  •  Andrei Konchalovsky  •  Federico Fellini  •  Jean-Luc Godard  •  Dick Lundy  •  Carlos Saura  •  Patrice Leconte  •  Gérard Jugnot  •  Franco Zeffirelli  •  Giuseppe Tornatore  •  Claude Chabrol  •  Dario Argento  •  Jean-Jacques Annaud  •  Claude Lelouch  •  Tony Scott  •  Michel Israël  •  Paul J. Smith  •  Étienne Chatiliez  •  Walter Lantz  •  Gérard Pirès  •  Bob Giraldi  •  Hugh Hudson  •  David Bailey  •  Joe Pytka  •  Maurizio Nichetti  •  Bruce Weber  •  Jean-Pierre Mocky  •  Just Jaeckin  •  Don Patterson  •  Jean-Baptiste Mondino  •  Helmut Newton  •  Jean-Paul Goude  •  Jean-Marie Boursicot  •  Alain Franchet  •  Robert Delpire  •  Ricardo Albiñana  •  Atsuta  •  Julian Cottrell  •  Eric De La Hosseray  •  Jaime De La Pena  •  Theo Delaney  •  Martin Lobo  •  The Molotov Brothers  •  Håkan Sjödin  •  Richard Slogett  •  J. Taylor
CAST:  Grace Jones  •  Vanessa Paradis  •  Emmanuelle Seigner

Dracula 3D (2012)

When Englishman Jonathan Harker visits the exotic castle of Count Dracula, he is entranced by the mysterious aristocrat. But upon learning that the count has sinister designs on his wife, Mina, Harker seeks help from vampire slayer Van Helsing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Thomas Kretschmann  •  Asia Argento  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Marta Gastini

When Englishman Jonathan Harker visits the exotic castle of Count Dracula, he is entranced by the mysterious aristocrat. But upon learning that the count has sinister designs on his wife, Mina, Harker seeks help from vampire slayer Van Helsing.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Thomas Kretschmann  •  Asia Argento  •  Rutger Hauer  •  Marta Gastini

Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror (2000)

Documentary that explores Argento's film career.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leon Ferguson
CAST:  Mark Kermode  •  Dario Argento  •  John Carpenter  •  Michael Brandon

Documentary that explores Argento's film career.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leon Ferguson
CAST:  Mark Kermode  •  Dario Argento  •  John Carpenter  •  Michael Brandon

The Five Days (1973)

As Italy becomes engulfed in a bubbling revolution to finally get rid of the ruling Austrian's,a patriotic prisoner called Cainazzo begins to wonder if he will soon get the chance to see the revolution in action away from his prison cell.Suddenly,a cannon ball ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Adriano Celentano  •  Enzo Cerusico  •  Marilù Tolo  •  Luisa De Santis

As Italy becomes engulfed in a bubbling revolution to finally get rid of the ruling Austrian's,a patriotic prisoner called Cainazzo begins to wonder if he will soon get the chance to see the revolution in action away from his prison cell.Suddenly,a cannon ball ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Adriano Celentano  •  Enzo Cerusico  •  Marilù Tolo  •  Luisa De Santis

Giallo (2010)

In Torino, Celine, an American model, is abducted by a taxi driver while en route home to meet her sister Linda, visiting at her apartment. The next morning, Linda reports that Celine is missing - the sergeant in charge directs her to F.B.I. agent Inspector Enzo ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Elsa Pataky  •  Emmanuelle Seigner  •  Robert Miano

In Torino, Celine, an American model, is abducted by a taxi driver while en route home to meet her sister Linda, visiting at her apartment. The next morning, Linda reports that Celine is missing - the sergeant in charge directs her to F.B.I. agent Inspector Enzo ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Elsa Pataky  •  Emmanuelle Seigner  •  Robert Miano

Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)

Roberto, a drummer in a rock band, keeps receiving weird phone calls and being followed by a mysterious man. One night he manages to catch up with his persecutor and tries to get him to talk but in the ensuing struggle he accidentally stabs him. He runs away, but ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Michael Brandon  •  Mimsy Farmer  •  Jean-Pierre Marielle  •  Bud Spencer

Roberto, a drummer in a rock band, keeps receiving weird phone calls and being followed by a mysterious man. One night he manages to catch up with his persecutor and tries to get him to talk but in the ensuing struggle he accidentally stabs him. He runs away, but ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dario Argento
CAST:  Michael Brandon  •  Mimsy Farmer  •  Jean-Pierre Marielle  •  Bud Spencer
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