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Mother of spoilers

Source: Dark Discussion

Mariana, who runs the Ode to Azia Asia Argento tribute site, has kindly scanned and uploaded a two-page article on the upcoming The Third Mother from the Italian newspaper l’Espresso. Apparently the text is extremely spoiler-intensive, even going so far as to give away the ending, so you may not want to look at it if you read Italian. Ignoring the text however, however, you can still enjoy the rather fuzzy and hard to make out photos from the film itself and the set, which showcase, among others, Asia Argento and the Mother of Tears herself, Moran Atias.

Composer Claudio Simonetti has also posted about the film on the forum for his web site, and Dark Discussion member Mannfan has kindly summarised some of the most important points:

- The music is done and the mixing of the Italian and English tracks has just been done.
- Simonetti worked almost 4 months on the soundtrack… there are some nods in this music to Jerry Goldsmith, Bernard Herrmann, Carl Orff… its style is classical and also a bit Gothic, especially in the use of choir… Simonetti is very proud of his music, one of his most beautiful and accomplished.
- The cinematography is dark but beautiful and full of colours in the same time!
- The film is full of actions and violence (Walter Fasano’s editing is very good), with many different locations… the scene(s?) in the catacombs are very good.
- The film is full of Lee Wilson’s digital effects and Sergio Stivaletti’s effects.
- The witches are very, very sexy!
- There is one of Dario’s most striking shots in his whole career, a 4 minute and 10 second sequence without cuts (?) when Asia’s character is entering an old house.

Unfortunately, it’s not all good news. The rumours of the film being cut by distributor Medusa Film are apparently true, and Nick from Dark Dreams has warned fans to expect a film that “will not be Dario’s original vision”. I just pray (not literally, of course) that a version that does represent what he wanted to make eventually sees the light of day on DVD.

Posted: Monday, April 09, 2007 at 3:37 PM | Comments: 9
Categories: Cinema | DVD | Dario Argento



Medusa has more or less in their hands half of the Italian movies production and, more important, it is part of the largest private broadcasting company, owning 3 TV networks and more than 50% of the whole TV ads market share.

One can guess they're aiming at a largest TV audience with the "normal" theatrical cut, and then they'll double DVD earnings by later churning out the uncut version. At least, there's hope they'll do like this.

Posted by: MCP, April 9, 2007 4:49 PM


While we wait for the uncut version, how about an "Inferno" commentary..?
*wink wink*

Posted by: Phantom, April 10, 2007 4:28 AM


But what would I say for two hours??? :(

Posted by: Whiggles, April 10, 2007 6:25 AM


Yeah, it would be kind of difficult to pad out the running time. Your DVD Times review pretty much covers everything anyway.
But are you considering doing another commentary anytime soon?

Posted by: Phantom, April 10, 2007 6:56 AM


I'm not at all happy about Medusa cutting the film - it suggests they were never really 100% behind the project. And European distributors don't seem to have that American mindset of releasing a "theatrical" version whilst always intending to rake in more cash from the "unrated" DVD version.

I predict the usual scenario - several DVD releases of the theatrical cut from different distributors, with various annoying video/audio/subtitle inadequacies which will prevent any of them being definitive (the German DVD will of course have DTS - but only in German). Then in a few years' time an extended cut will be released (probably with no Argento involvement, so there'll be a big debate about whether or not it's a "director's cut") but will only be available in an Italian dub with no English subs on the additional scenes.

Or am I just a pessimist?

Posted by: Philly Q, April 10, 2007 12:52 PM


What really sounds strange to me is the fact that Medusa also distributes in Italy a certain number of foreign horrors and generally bloody/violent movies, and none of them was ever known to be censored in any way (or better, no one ever openly talked about cuts)

Posted by: MCP, April 10, 2007 1:56 PM


“I’m not at all happy about Medusa cutting the film - it suggests they were never really 100% behind the project.”

Or it suggests that they want it to be seen by the widest possible audience. Either way, it implies that they are completely clueless about what to expect from a Dario Argento film… unless their memories are so short that they can only remember The Card Player.

Posted by: Whiggles, April 10, 2007 8:28 PM


"Either way, it implies that they are completely clueless about what to expect from a Dario Argento film."

That's what I meant really - that Medusa don't understand Argento or his audience. You'd think there'd be someone in their organisation who'd be knowledgeable about his work, or at least take the trouble to find out.

When dealing with a cult director who's had a 35-year career, then (a) you can cut his film as much as you like but there's no feckin' way it's going to give you the No.1 box-office hit of the year; and (b) you don't alienate the loyal fans, they're the only guaranteed audience you've got. It's idiotic.

Posted by: Philly Q, April 10, 2007 9:27 PM


“But are you considering doing another commentary anytime soon?”

Well, my distinct lack of free time at the moment would make this difficult, so such a project would probably have to wait till I’ve got some holiday time, or am in a different job, or when I start my PhD (because at least then I can use the excuse of it being a form of research!). The next commentary, by the way, is likely to be A Lizard in a Woman’s Skin, now that I’ve seen all of Fulci’s gialli.

Posted by: Whiggles, April 11, 2007 5:01 PM

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