Suspiria

Saturday, October 14
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1hr 38mins // directed by:Dario Argento // featuring:Jessica Harper, Udo Kier // rare uncut 35mm // in Italian with English subtitles

Newly discovered uncut Italian 35mm print of Dario Argento's masterpiece! 

A tale of witches at a famous German ballet school doesn't necessarily sound like it would be fodder for one of the most memorable horror films of all time, but in Argento's hands he weaves a straightforward tale of an American dancer, Suzy (Jessica Harper), who is thrust into a world that she can't quite comprehend, into an hallucinatory nightmare. Fellow students begin to get killed all around her and in trying to figure out why she begins to uncover rumors that a coven of witches actually run the ballet school and they are in a pact with the devil. She begins to loose her grip on reality and as she plummets into experiencing first-hand the demonic powers of black magik, Argento places his viewers into Suzy's fragile psyche to push us all around the bend.

With a luscious photographic palate not seen since the death of Technicolor and one of the most memorable scores in horror film history (thanks to Goblin) Argento was able to surpass even the best of moments from his previous classic giallo films (Deep Red, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage). Add a slew of great gore effects (a knife plunging repeatedly into a beating heart is just the first) and you have a film who's tag line actually lives up to its hype: "The only thing more terrifying than the last 12 minutes of this film are the first 92."

If you have never seen this film before you are in a very envious position: the first viewing of Suspiria is one of the most memorable experiences in film history!


The Chicago Cinema Society on the Discovery

“The Chicago Cinema Society is excited to announce that we have discovered an uncut Italian 35mm print of Suspiria. The print was rescued from an Italian cinema that had closed down and the print had gone untouched in their storage area since 1977/78. After a brief inspection to assess the overall condition of the print, it appears as if it had only been screened a handful of times at most. The print is in excellent physical condition with no substantial wear, uncut heads and tails, minimal fading and no vinegar syndrome. Once we had the print in our film archive, we then made a very careful inspection to determine which version of Suspiria we had obtained. We were stunned to find that the print is a completely uncut