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Also Known As: Died:
Born: September 7, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Italy Profession: director, screenwriter, composer, producer, musician

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One of the most celebrated horror film directors of the late 20th century, Dario Argento came the closest to visualizing genuine nightmares on celluloid with such surreal, blood-soaked genre classics as "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" (1969), "Deep Red" (1975), "Suspiria" (1977) and "Mother of Tears" (2007). A former journalist, he transformed his love for folk tales and 19th century supernatural literature into a vibrant cinematic language of fear, essaying deeply suspenseful and psychologically driven stories of monstrous figures - both human and otherwise - overpowering the minds and bodies of his protagonists, resulting in carnage set to the driving scores of Ennio Morricone and against a backdrop of hallucinogenic colors, light and sounds. "Suspiria," about witches in a dance school, was his masterpiece, eschewing sensory abandon over story, but also his downfall; he spent much of the subsequent three decades attempting to match its haunting allure. Despite the ups and downs of his career, the grand poetic terror of Argento's finest works granted him iconic status in the horror genre and international cinema as a whole.

One of the most celebrated horror film directors of the late 20th century, Dario Argento came the closest to visualizing genuine nightmares on celluloid with such surreal, blood-soaked genre classics as "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" (1969), "Deep Red" (1975), "Suspiria" (1977) and "Mother of Tears" (2007). A former journalist, he transformed his love for folk tales and 19th century supernatural literature into a vibrant cinematic language of fear, essaying deeply suspenseful and psychologically driven stories of monstrous figures - both human and otherwise - overpowering the minds and bodies of his protagonists, resulting in carnage set to the driving scores of Ennio Morricone and against a backdrop of hallucinogenic colors, light and sounds. "Suspiria," about witches in a dance school, was his masterpiece, eschewing sensory abandon over story, but also his downfall; he spent much of the subsequent three decades attempting to match its haunting allure. Despite the ups and downs of his career, the grand poetic terror of Argento's finest works granted him iconic status in the horror genre and international cinema as a whole.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Giallo (2009)
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  Card Player, The (2004) Director
5.
  Sleepless (2001) Director
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  Stendhal Syndrome, The (1996) Director
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  Trauma (1993) Director
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  Two Evil Eyes (1991) Director ("The Black Cat")
10.
  Opera (1989) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Bits and Pieces (1996) Man Confessing To Franciscan Monk
2.
 Innocent Blood (1992) Paramedic
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Milestones close milestones

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Worked as film critic for PAESA SERA
1968:
First produced screenplay, "Today It's Me--Tomorrow You/Oggi a Me...Domani a Te!"
1968:
First film as co-director, "Probabilita zero"
1969:
Co-wrote story (with Bernardo Bertolucci) for Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the West"
1969:
Directorial debut (and screenplay), "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage/L'Uccello dalle Piume di Cristallo"
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Founded own company, Seda Productions
1978:
First collaboration (in various production capacities) with American director George Romero, "Dawn of the Dead"
1985:
First English language film (producer and director), "Creepers/Phenomena"
1992:
American feature acting debut as paramedic in John Landis's "Innocent Blood"
1994:
American directorial debut, "Trauma"
1998:
Directed remake of "The Phantom of the Opera", starring daughter Asia and Julian Sands
1998:
Announced plans to open the theme Horror Restaurant in Rome
1999:
Directed remake of "The Phantom of the Opera" with daughter Asia and Julian Sands
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wife:
Daria Nicolodi. Actor. Married 1975; separated.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Salvatore Argento. Producer, film executive. Worked for son's production company, Seda Productions.
brother:
Claudio Argento. Younger brother; works for brother's production company, Seda Productions.
daughter:
Fiore Argento.
daughter:
Asia Argento. Actor. Starred in Argento's American directing debut, "Trauma"; born c. 1976.
granddaughter:
Anna Lou Argento. Born on July 20, 2001; daughter of Asia Argento.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento" Sun Tavern Fields

Contributions

ssmal609 ( 2007-05-25 )

Source: "Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento" Maitland McDonagh

Milestone: (1975) Began his 12 year collaboration with Dario Nicolodi beginning with Deep Red (1975) and ending with Opera (1987).

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