The Perfect Shots of Dario Argento’s ‘Suspiria’

Shot by cinematographer Luciano Tovoli.

Shot by cinematographer Luciano Tovoli.

On this week’s Shot by Shot podcast, myself – H. Perry Horton – and co-host/OPS Founder Geoff Todd are discussing one of the most visually influential horror films of all-time, Dario Argento’s Suspiria, a flick whose traces can be seen in films by David Lynch, Nicolas Winding Refn, Ryan Gosling, Denis Villeneuve, Gaspar Noe and scores of other directors.

Suspiria was released in 1977 and was shot by cinematographer Luciano Tovoli, the first of two collaborations between he and Argento, the second being 1983’s Tenebre.

Known primarily for its vibrant color scheme, Tovoli also included copious drastic and dramatic camera angles to heighten the film’s otherworldly atmosphere. Choosing just a few shots from this to celebrate is like picking a few pieces of treasure out of a chest-full, but somehow we managed to decide.

If this is your first listen to our show, the format’s simple: each week Geoff and I each pick a few shots from a certain film and discuss their effect and significance. Check out our previous episodes:

Next week we’re talking about Tim Burton’s Batman Returns, shot by Stefan Czapsky, just in time for the film’s 25th anniversary. German Expressionism and costumed crimefighters: what’s not to love?

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