Suspiria De Profundis is the novel by Thomas De Quincey that inspired director Dario Argento for the 1977 film and that in 2018, he returned with the adaptation by Luca Guadagnino.
It is precisely the latter that we will talk about, a film that the director himself stated was not explicitly a re-make, but a tribute to the “powerful emotion” he felt when he saw the original film.
The enterprise of re-proposing a masterpiece, you know, is lost at the beginning and for this reason the intention of Guadagnino and the director of photography Mukdeeprom, (with whom he also collaborated in Call me by your name) was to present a new screenplay.
It is a story steeped in dark mysteries that disrupt the lives of young dancers in a prestigious dance company in Berlin. The gloomy and oppressive atmosphere oscillates between shades of grey, blue, and green, typical of the German city during the winter months which hosted almost all the filming of the film shot on film instead of digitally. The color red is quite evident throughout the film, not only as a representation of blood but as a constant presence of “wickedness”.
Mukdeeprom also talked about chromatic inconsistency given by a greater interest in representing moods and therefore “how it feels” and not “how it looks” the construction of a moment. This was necessary for the shooting of the choreographies, where the scene is more complex due to the presence of many people, wide movements and time limitations.
A composition reminiscent of Rob Woodcox‘s photographs, halfway between a dance and an installation made of human bodies. He wants to annul the force of gravity, the constraints and rules of society, the schemes and preconceptions. Fluid movements, fluid sexuality. Paradoxically, the body is annulled to become something more: an instrument of freedom.
Did you know that: Dakota Johnson completed two years of ballet in preparation for her role in this film.
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Director of photography: Sayombhu Mukdeeprom
Writers: Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi
Stars: Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton