Dario Argento

Dario Argento

Dario Argento is an Italian filmmaker. He has made a distinctive mark for himself in the field of horror genre. He has been inspired by Ingmar Bergman, The Brothers Grimm and Edgar Allan Poe.  He is also named as ‘the Italian Hitchcock’. He was born to an Italian film producer father and model mother. He started writing screenplays. He worked with Bernardo Bertolucci and Sergio Leone and this amazing combination gave birth to the Classic Once Upon a Time. He made his directorial debut with the stylish L'Uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird with the Crystal Plumage). His best films include Profondo rosso (Deep Red or The Hatchet Murders), Tenebre (Unsane)  and Susperia.
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Born: 7-Sep-1940
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Gender: Male
Religion: Roman Catholic
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Film director, producer, screenwriter
Other names:  Sirio Bernadotte
Nationality: Italy

I'm appreciated more abroad. In America, Japan... and in the United Kingdom.

This is my life - I want to tell stories. There is something huge inside me that pushes me to tell stories, and tell stories for an audience and everybody.

No, it's interesting to remake a film for the contemporary audience today. I think it's a good idea; it needs to respect the original idea. Don't just take the title and change everything else.

My daughter, Asia, has been in many of my movies. I love working with her. In the beginning, I was not supportive of her being an actress, but now I think she is fantastic.

I think the camera was always my obsession, the camera movements. Because for me it's the most important thing in the move, the camera, because without the camera, film is just a stage or television - nothing.

I make a film - and once I've made it, everyone comes along and says 'Ah! This is a film that's political, or social' , or whatever. But I'm not telling the story that they see. I made a film, told a story, but I wasn't thinking about exactly what it all meant.

I first came to cinema as a passionate filmgoer, when I was a child. Then, when I was a very young man, I became a film critic precisely because of my knowledge of cinema. I did better than others because of this. Then I moved on to screenwriting. I wrote a film with Sergio Leone, 'Once Upon a Time in the West.' And then I moved to directing.

For a long time, censors have been cutting my works. This makes me so sad, because many times they will tell me, 'Television won't like, so we have to cut, cut, cut!'

Films are dreams. Many, many critics say to me that my films are not good because they are too unbelievable, but this is my style. I tell stories like they are dreams. This is my imagination. For me, it would be impossible to do a film that is so precise, that resembles real life.

'Deep Red' (1975) is my favorite movie. The character David Hemmings plays is very much based on my own personality. It was a very strong film, very brutal, and of course the censors were upset. It was cut by almost an hour in some countries.


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