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3.9
2,508 Ratings

Deep Red

Profondo rosso

Directed by Dario Argento
Italy, 1975
Horror, Mystery

Synopsis

An English pianist living in Rome witnesses the brutal murder of his neighbor, a psychic. With the help of a tenacious young reporter he tries to discover the killer using very unconventional methods, and the two are soon drawn into a shocking web of dementia, savagery and violence.

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Deep Red Directed by Dario Argento
Each of Deep Red’s compositions reveals new meanings upon each viewing—and so it’s no wonder that yards of essays have been written trying to get to the center of this film.
April 12, 2018
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As such a leading work in the genre, Deep Red similarly exudes an exemplary sense of deliberate pacing, creating a far more methodical atmospheric unease than The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears’ blazing bombardment. In combination with its single images of fright (a walking, squawking automaton is particularly disconcerting), Argento masterfully crafts what Zapponi calls an "evil discomfort.
February 26, 2017
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A breakthrough picture for Argento. His prior films were stylized giallos with enticing titles but they were, to a certain extent, bound by genre convention. That is, they played by the rules. “Deep Red” was louder, nastier, more violent, more irrational than anything he had done before. It threw down a gauntlet that other filmmakers, including extremists such as Lucio Fulci, would be inclined to pick up in ways that redefined sadistic cinema for better or worse.
April 25, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Deep Red

    One of Argento's most remarkable films. The work with the colours, light and shadows is incredible, the camera movements around people and through corridors, but also the change of perspectives (together with the importance of views) and the close-ups on small things (e.g. toys or the fingers playing on the piano keys) are stunning - like the use of sounds and different kinds of music.

  • Lights in the Dusk's rating of the film Deep Red

    Argento (once again) contemplates the relationship between the film and the viewer. The image - which holds the secret to the mystery - is innately misleading. As usual, the audience, placing themselves above the work, are sure of what they've seen. But every image requires a context and interpretation. The character - like the audience - must think very carefully about what he saw to decipher the true meaning...

  • Henri de Corinth's rating of the film Deep Red

    Rewatch. A treasure, Argento’s best alongside Inferno, the connective tissue between his gialli and mannerist-expressionist mode. Once the opening credits/music bars begin, the movie *has* you in its insular borghese world. Always loved the dynamic between Hemmings and Nicolodi, and the Villa Scott sequence is a favorite -a specter of art nouveau decadence. Pour a glass of wine, turn off all the lights, and enjoy.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Deep Red

    '14 restoration Incredibly stylistic but narratively challenged giallo from horror master Argento. Visually the film is truly stunning with its use of colour, editing techniques and camera movement. The story however and its eventual silly conclusion are quite wanting.

  • Nicholas Gregory's rating of the film Deep Red

    Style over substance? True... but it does still have substance. Argento just doesn't announce it. Scenes like the arm wrestling scene and Hemming's interactions with his drunk/closeted pianist friend tell us a great deal about these characters. Deep Red is also rooted in the revenge tragedy plays of old literature. Just here, mental breakdowns and unjustified revenge are instigated by already-broken minds.

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Deep Red

    Although it's probably churlish to suggest, but this film would benefit from editing down solely to it's half-dozen surges of Grand Guignol horror as there is little else besides the undoubted visual flair to sustain two hours, certainly not the wooden marionette-like characterisation, incongruous rock music score or plot schisms. However I suppose the door into this film is clearly labelled...

  • Michael H. CLAES's rating of the film Deep Red

    Le style Argento est brillant, une sorte de pré-De Palma. Dans version "anglaise", HEMMINGS parle tour à tour anglais et italien, très bizarre .... La musique composée par Goblin reste captivante. The Argento style is brilliant, a kind of pre-De Palma. In the English version, HEMMINGS speaks English + Italian, and this makes it strange. Music composed by Goblin still very thrilling.

  • Samuel T.'s rating of the film Deep Red

    Don't settle for youtube, director's cut only. David Hemmings solves a mystery via the unleashing of images?! I'm sorry if you're not a fan of BLOW-UP, but this can't not be an homage to that scene (I know, I just recently mentioned that scene, it's brilliant). Then De Palma, obvious BLOW master, licks this like an ice cream cone for the likes of Dressed to Kill, etc. References aside, IMO, Argento's masterpiece.

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