Inferno 1980 R18+
12.30PM Sun 1 Oct 2017
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed
Inferno will screen from an archival 35mm film print.
Rose, a young woman living in New York, discovers a book that foretells of three buildings spread across Rome, New York City, and the Black Forest in Germany (the site of Argento's earlier Suspiria 1977) which play host to covens of witches, who have for centuries spread terror across the globe. Convinced that she may be residing in one of these buildings, Rose writes to her brother in Rome asking for help – but murder and supernatural mayhem quickly begin to stalk them both.
The second in Dario Argento's loosely connected 'Three Mothers' trilogy (beginning with Suspiria and concluding with 2007's The Mother of Tears), Inferno is a surreal and delectably colourful nightmare. The director's skill at crafting a singularly vibrant screen aesthetic still has few equals, and even Argento's mentor Mario Bava was brought in to handle some of the mind-bending special effects. Upon its completion, the film suffered from a belated and messy release in America and largely negative reviews, but its reputation has rebounded significantly over the years and it is now regularly heralded as one of Argento's greatest shockfests.
35MM, COLOUR, STEREO, 107 MINS, ITALY, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT: DARIO ARGENTO / CINEMATOGRAPHER: ROMANO ALBANI / EDITOR: FRANCO FRATICELLI / PRODUCTION CO: PRODUZIONI INTERSOUND / PRINT SOURCE: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX / RIGHTS: PARK CIRCUS / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM