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Brody goes yellow

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Source: ComingSoon.net

Its production has been pushed back and it appears to have lost almost its entire original cast (which included Ray Liotta, Vincent Gallo and Asia Argento), but Dario Argento’s latest film, Giallo, looks set to go begin shooting in Turin on May 12th, this time boasting Adrien Brody and Emmanuelle Seigner in the cast. Brody, who will executive produce the film along with Oscar Generale, Claudio Argento, Luis De Val, David Milner, Billy Dietrich, Patricia Eberle, Donald Barton and John Hicks (co-production, anyone?), must be a particularly impressive casting coup for Argento, giving the impression that the maestro may, after several false starts, be about to crack the mainstream, and to tell you the truth I’m not entirely sure how I feel about that.

I must confess that, as happy as I am to hear that Argento is working on another film so soon after Mother of Tears, what I’ve heard about Giallo doesn’t exactly fill me with hope. He’s once again working from someone else’s pre-written script, again the product of an American duo, Jim Agnew and Sean Keller, and it sounds like this will be very much a nudge-nudge wink-wink “homage” to gialli, albeit hopefully not in the same way that Scream was to the Halloween-inspired slasher movie gravy train. I hope I’m pleasantly surprised, but this sounds a bit ho-hum and fairly pointless for Argento at this stage in his career. I’m yet to be convinced that this will do anything Sleepless didn’t already do.

 
Posted: Monday, April 14, 2008 at 7:18 PM | Comments: 3
Categories: Cinema | Dario Argento | Gialli

 
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1.

I partly agree with you Michael!

The negative:

-This project seems a bit "light",like another Argento's greatest hits after the very uneven NON HO SONNO...the ambitious MOTHER OF TEARS didn't do so well at the italian box office so i think that Argento needed a more generic,usual,bankable project after MOT.

-The post-production will be done in L.A.:

i just hope that this doesn't mean that the film will be edited by the US producers...i hope that Argento will have more or less his "final cut" on the movie.


The positive:

-Two US screenwriters...why not?...i'm still optimistic and after all these guys can offer fresh ideas to Argento's career...and probably that Argento will rewrite some parts of their screenplay...wait and see.

-Adrien Brody: he's a really good actor i think,quite sensitive...at least GIALLO will have a solid lead actor.

-the budget: according to Imdb and some others links,it is said to be 7-8 millions of dollars...not bad,not bad at all for a Dario Argento film...in fact Argento's biggest budget since PHANTOM.

and finally...another Argento film very soon after the release of MOT...good news,IMO.

Posted by: Guillaume, April 15, 2008 1:50 PM

2.

Guillaume, I agree with you on everything apart from the use of the US screenwriters. I think Argento is at his best when the idea and the script are his, or at least partly his. I’m sure you’re aware of how much I dislike his Masters of Horror episodes, and I also have reservations about Trauma, co-written by (or at least rewritten by) an American, TED Klein. As for Mother of Tears, it’s better than all three of his other projects that have involved American writers, but it still has significant problems, and I’m inclined to at least partly blame them on Anderson and Gierasch, especially the overly predictable narrative - Sarah goes to someone for help, they die, Sarah goes to someone else for help, they die, etc. Argento’s own ideas, at least during his golden age, were fascinating enough that I just don’t think he needs someone else to come along and offer fresh ideas.

Posted by: Whiggles, April 15, 2008 3:39 PM

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Giallo... could it be an enhanced Do you like Hithcock? I liked that one more than I tought: it was fun to discover every possible hint of previous Argento's works, placed inside the major "Rear window" homage.

Yes, the plot was not entirely satisfying at best, but Dario (& Ferrini) enjoyed writing it.

Posted by: MCP, April 15, 2008 10:00 PM

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