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Dario Argento

Dario Argento was born in Rome, Italy on September 7 1940. He is the son of producer Salvatore Argento. He began his career as a movie critic for the Rome daily newspaper "Paese Sera". A professional screenwriter by the tender age of 20, he joined Bernardo Bertolucci to write the screenplay for Sergio Leone's epic western "Once Upon A Time In The West" in 1967. Many screenplays later, Argento was signed up by Goffredo Lombardo, head of an Italian film company (Titanus) and made his directing debut in 1970 with "The Bird With The Crystal Plumage". His father Salvatore was the producer on all his films up until "Deep Red" when Claudio Argento took over. He has always taken a great interest in all aspects of film making to ensure that the end results of his films are as near to his original vision as possible. One of the first directors to see the possibilities of the steady cam and the 'luma' crane, he used them npth to their full potential. He even helped compose the music for "Suspiria". Many of his films are considered to be `giallo'. Giallo meaning yellow, which in turn came from the yellow covers of the penny-dreadful horror/thriller paperbacks that were sold in Italy. He has directed 15 films - `The Bird with the Crystal Plumage', 'The Cat O Nine Tails', 'Five Days In Milan', 'Four Flies on Grey Velvet', 'Profondo Rosso', 'Suspiria', `Inferno', 'Tenebrae', 'Phenomena', 'Opera', 'Two Evil Eyes', 'Trauma', 'The Stendhal Syndrome', 'Phantom of the Opera' and 'Non ho sonno'. He has also been involved in producing/writing films for others such as his protege Michele Soavi. Argento has also worked on three series for Italian television. In 1972, 'The Door of Darkness', in 1987 'Giallo' and 'Turno di notte' in 1988. There are also three documentaries on Argento and his films, 'Dario Argento's World of Horror', 'Dario Argento: Master of Horror (Dario Argento's World of Horror 2)' and 'The World of Dario Argento 3'.

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Sep 7, 1940 In Roma, Lazio, Italia
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Pardon, Are You for or Against? 1966-12-23
Latest Project:
Movie Italian Kings Of B 2022
Known For
Poster of Friedkin Uncut
Poster of Western all'italiana
Poster of Tenebre
Poster of Deep Red
Movie Italian Kings Of B Unknown 2022
Movie Alida Valli: In Her Own Words Unknown 2021-05-17
Movie The Last Movie Painter Self 2020-02-06
Movie All the Colors of Giallo Himself 2019-01-29
Movie Boia, maschere e segreti: l’horror italiano degli anni sessanta 2019-09-05
Movie Friedkin Uncut Himself 2018-11-05
Movie Cult of Terror Himself 2017-10-14
Movie Dark Glamour: The Blood and Guts of Hammer Productions Himself - Filmmaker 2017-08-06
Movie Yellow Fever: The Rise and Fall of the Giallo Himself 2016-02-23
Movie Viaggio nel Cinema in 3D: Una Storia Vintage Unknown 2016-09-05
Movie Blood on Méliès' Moon 2016-05-01
Movie Nessuno Siamo Perfetti Himself 2014-11-01
Movie Du sang sur la neige 2013-11-15
Movie Horror Europa with Mark Gatiss Himself 2012-10-30
Movie Der Fall der vier Fliegen Himself (Archive footage 2002) 2012-07-06
Movie Dario Argento's Monkey Business: The Making of Phenomena Himself 2011-03-07
Movie Fulci Flashbacks: Reflections on Italy's Premiere Paura Protagonist Self 2011-03-14
Movie L'ultimo gattopardo - Ritratto di Goffredo Lombardo Himself 2010-09-07
Movie A Dark Fairy Tale himself 2008-05-27
Movie The Making of 'Mother of Tears' Self 2008-09-23
Movie Director: Dario Argento 2007-09-25
Movie Tempus fugit 2006-08-11
Movie Ban the Sadist Videos! Himself 2005-09-06
Movie Out of the Shadows Unknown 2005-10-27
Movie Western all'italiana Unknown 2004-01-01
Movie Non risponde più Himself 2004-01-01
Movie Mario Bava: Operazione paura Himself 2004-04-30
Movie Two Masters' Eyes Unknown 2003-04-29
Movie Masters of Horror Dario Argento 2002-11-06
Movie Tales Of The Cat 2001-07-10
Movie Suspiria 25th Anniversary Himself 2001-09-11
Movie Sergio Leone: cinema, cinema Self - Filmmaker 2001-09-22
Movie Conducting Dario Argento's 'Opera' Unknown 2001-09-17
Movie Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror Himself 2000-01-01
Movie Il museo degli orrori di Dario Argento Himself 1997-01-01
Movie Bits & Pieces 1996-02-01
Movie Innocent Blood Paramedic 1992-09-25
Movie Dario Argento: Master of Horror Himself 1991-01-01
Movie Fear in the Dark Himself 1991-10-29
Movie This Is Horror Himself 1989-01-01
Movie Opera Narrator (Italian version) (voice) (uncredited) 1987-12-19
Movie Bellissimo: Images of the Italian Cinema Himself 1985-01-01
Movie Dario Argento's World of Horror Himself 1985-01-01
Movie Tenebre Narrator (Italian version) / Murderer's Hands (voice) (uncredited) 1982-10-28
Movie Inferno Narrator (voice) (uncredited) 1980-02-07
Movie Suspiria Narrator (voice) (uncredited) 1977-02-01
Series Domenica In Self 1976-10-03
Movie Deep Red Murderer's Hands (uncredited) 1975-03-07
Movie The Five Days Bandaged Man with Tranzunto (uncredited) 1973-12-20
Series Door Into Darkness Himself - Host 1973-09-04
Movie Pardon, Are You for or Against? Priest (uncredited) 1966-12-23