Biography of Darío Argento (1940-VVVV)

Screenwriter, director, producer, composer and actor of Italian cinema born in Rome on September 7, 1940.

Son of producer Salvatore Argento and Brazilian model called Elda Luxardo, from an early age showed great interest in the cinema of strong images, with Alfred Hitchcock as a model and reference, and it weighed decisively the stories of adventure and mystery narrated by an uncle, both of Italian folklore and of the great authors of the genre, as the Brothers Grimm (cf. Wilhelm and Jakob Grimm), Andersen or Poe. At age 17 he/she started a brief career as a journalist at L'Araldo dello spettacolo, a famous magazine of film critics at the time in Italy.

Came into contact with Duccio Tessari, known director of the so-called "spaghetti western", and after a while he/she met legendary Sergio Leone, who joined a great friendship that resulted in close collaboration when both recognized his passion for cinema. Leone commissioned the development of a script and introduced him to another young promise of Italian cinema, Bernardo Bertolucci, who devised the argument of his time (C' was a volta il west, 1968). After this, Argento was responsible for several more, including scripts another western, an army of five men (an esercito di cinque uomini, 1968), and a classic of Italian cinema, suppose that one night, dining (Metti a sera to dinner, 1968), as well as some erotic court title, until he/she decided to make his own film, which included the financing of his fathera fan of detective fiction. Inspired by a black novel of Frederic Brown, Screaming Mimi, was thus the first realization as a director and screenwriter, the bird with the Crystal plumage (L´uccello dalla piume di cristallo, 1969), which was a big box-office success. It also had important collaborations, like the photograph of Vittorio Storaro and the music of Ennio Morricone, who became a regular contributor to the director.

The producers, satisfied with the outcome of the movie box office, soon asked Argento to accept another project, the cat of nine tails (Il gatto a nove code, 1970), which came accompanied by an excellent promotional campaign and an all-star cast, with Karl Malden and James Franciscus Americans and Italian-French actress Catherine Spaak; In addition, collaborated with Argento in the realization of the script the prolific Dardano Sachetti and Luigi Collo.

The successes harvested began to identify Argento with the thriller genre, as attested by its next title, four flies on Grey Velvet (Quattro mosche di velluto grigio, 1971), whose screenplay collaborated Luigi Cozzi, well-known expert on science fiction. After its completion, Argento worked for RAI, in the series La Porte Sul Buio.

After two years of silence, Argento reappeared with one of their titles more representative, deep red (Profondo Rosso, 1975), scripted by Berdardino Zapponi, where used the rock as a musical engine of history, which counted with the collaboration of an Italian progressive group called goblins. The actors were Daria Nicolodi, David Hemmings and Grabiele Lavia. The film garnered a great worldwide success.

With Suspiria, 1977, it took a turn in his career. Inspired by German Expressionism, film told with Luciano Tovoli photography and, again, the Goblin group for the soundtrack. Its protagonists were Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini and Alida Valli, and your argument may be considered as of pure, very violent terror.

1978 is the year of the realization of the script for zombie, the dawn of the undead (Dawn of the Dead), an italo-American co-production that has become a classic of its genre, called gore film, which in its Italian version came to be called gaíllos ('yellow', in allusion to the colour of the detective novels of the Mondadori publishing house covers). In 1980 he/she directed Inferno, in whose shooting helped Mario Bava in the role of Adviser and author of some special effects; the soundtrack was by Keith Emerson, also of the rock environment, and photography by Romano Albani.

Tenebre (1982) Argento returned to the genre police, although it did not obtain good results of box office. It would take three years to present a new film, in this case Phenomena (1985), whose soundtrack heavy English Group took over metal Iron Maiden, while special effects Sergio Stivaleti did the same. Opera, 1987, is, according to the own Argento, his best film, with a soundtrack in which participated Brian Eno and a very creditable picture of Ronnie Taylor, film with which regained recognition in the press, although it was a shoot with many problems.

After a stay in the United States, where filmed, among others, Trauma (1993), Argento returned to Italy and recovered the horror genre with the syndrome de Stendhal (1996) and the Phantom of the opera (1998). His most recent work is the thriller Non ho sommo (2001).


As director and screenwriter

1970: The feathers of cristal.1971 bird: four flies on Grey Velvet; The nine colas.1973 cat: five days in milan.1975: Red intenso.1993: Trauma (and producer). 1996: Stendhal (and producer) syndrome. 1998: the Phantom of the opera.2001: Non ho sommo (and producer).

As a director

1968: Oggi to me.. domani a te! (co-director). 1969: an army of five hombres.1977: sigh (and composer). 1980: Infierno.1982: tenebre.1985: Phenomena (and producer). 1987: Opera (and producer). 2000: Il Cartaio.

As screenwriter

1967: Scusi, lei e favorevole or otherwise? (and actor). 1968: La stagione dei sensi; Une corde, a Colt; Its time; Rivoluzione sessuale; Commandos; Comandamenti per a gangster; Suppose that one night, having dinner; Les héros ne meurent jamais; Probabilita zero.1969: the legione dei damned; Metti a will to cena.1972: Cosi sia.1978: Zombie (producer and composer). 1985: Demoni 1 (and producer). 1986: Demoni 2 (and producer). 1987: Terror in the opera.1988: La Chiesa (and producer). 1990: the daughter of the Devil (and producer). 1997: the mask of wax (and producer).

As a producer

2000: Scarlet Diva.

As an actor

1973: Le cinque giornate.