Masterful or trashy; ghastly or gorgeous - the filmography of Giallo auteur Dario Argento is as divisive as it is delicious. Making his mark as a master of terror, Argento’s influence continues to echo through contemporary films in the horror genre (still making films at age 82, occasionally he even references himself). Defined by disorienting cinematography, mood-setting lighting, and his primal, urgent perspective, Argento’s films luxuriate in the macabre, perpetually exploring themes of sexual violence, inner demons, and the darkness within us all. Presented in partnership with Cinecittà, Argento: 1970s showcases a defining and essential era for the Italian filmmaker, from his momentous directorial debut in 1970 with THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, to the cult classic SUSPIRIA in 1977 - all presented with the Chicago premieres of sublime, brand-new 4K restorations.


Programmed with support from Camilla Cormanni, Paola Ruggiero,
and Marco Cicala of Cinecittà, Rome.