Suspiria

Suspiria ★★★★

What a wonderful work. Truly, it was surprising how much it kept me on the edge of my seat, despite the fact I already knew the story, having watched Guadagnino's remake first (I've taken a good share of unfortunate choices in the past).

The film, fueled by a perfectly haunting soundtrack and an unrelenting aura of dismay, has aged beautifully and still retains a firm grip on the viewer for the entire runtime, offering an almost muscular display of flawless photography (hello master of colored lighting!), cinematography and direction. The contrived acting and the less-than-ideal dubbing are certainly a gripe (just like many of the practical effects, for obvious reasons not to be faulted here) but everything else is just so compelling that even those aspects are ultimately overpowered in the economy of this masterful, classic giallo.

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