Dario Argento

Oct. 27, 2012 | 7:00 a.m.

Composer Claudio Simonetti on Argento, ‘Suspiria’ and ‘Dracula 3D’

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For many people the names Claudio Simonetti, Goblin and Dario Argento are forever intertwined. The Italian composer and musician was a part of the band Goblin when it composed deeply influential music for Argento’s horror films “Deep Red” and “Suspiria,” its sense of grandeur and spooky dynamics blending well with Argento’s baroque visual style. After the band broke up, Simonetti continued to collaborate with Argento — he recently composed the score for Argento’s upcoming “Dracula 3D.” Simonetti will appear twice this weekend at the Cinefamily at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles. On Saturday he will play as part of the Synthpocalypse Halloween Party (streaming live at cinefamily.tumblr.com) and on Sunday, he will sit down for an extended Q&A before a screening of Argento’s “Tenebrae” as part of a members-only event. Earlier this week he talked with Hero Complex […]
Feb. 17, 2012 | 1:33 p.m.

Dario Argento tribute in L.A.: Master of the brutal and baroque

Dario Argento on the set of "Mother of Tears: The Third Mother" (Franco Bellomo)
He’s been called Italy’s answer to Alfred Hitchcock, but horror master Dario Argento exists in a baroque and brutal world entirely his own. This weekend, the seventh Los Angeles Italia — Film, Fashion and Art Fest will pay tribute to the 71-year-old writer-director famous for his surreal, graphic Grand Guignol aesthetic with a retrospective of some of his best-known films at the Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood. “He’s a master; he’s one of the Italian kings of contemporary movies,” said festival producer Pascal Vicedomini of Argento. “He’s definitely one of the most beloved Italian directors worldwide. He’s been an important inspiration for Quentin Tarantino, for anybody who does movies connected to horror or thrillers. Argento, it’s a brand. It’s a brand of horror. It’s a brand of quality. It’s a brand of Italy.” On Sunday, Argento will be on hand […]
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