“Set against a backdrop of genetic research and espionage, Argento's formal obsession with allusions to seeing and sightlessness is on fierce display.” - Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

February 4 at 8:30pm | In THE CAT O’ NINE TAILS, Argento pairs two unlikely allies on the hunt for a cold-blooded killer. Reporter Carlo (James Franciscus) and blind puzzle-solver Franco (Karl Malden) try to solve a series of murders linked to a pharmaceutical company. In the twisty THE CAT O’NINE TAILS, Argento’s title references the clues the sleuths follow - nine different leads that take the pair down blind alleys and to dead ends (pardon the puns). Argento’s sophomore effort is more than just gore, as he uses the puzzle pieces to explore themes of perception and truth. 4K digital restoration by Cinecittà.

Argento 1970sMasterful or trashy; ghastly or gorgeous -- Argento: 1970s showcases a defining and essential era of the Italian master of terror, Dario Argento. Argento’s films luxuriate in the macabre, perpetually exploring themes of sexual violence, inner demons, and the darkness within us all. Presented with the Chicago premieres of sublime, brand-new 4K restorations. View full series here.

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

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