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What’s going on with The Third Mother?

Last Friday I posted the triumphant news that The Third Mother would be uncut after all, as per Dario Argento himself. Unfortunately, it now seems that there’s more to the story than meets the eye, according to Alan Jones, arguably the one journalist who knows more about Argento than anyone else. As he says in his blog at FrightFest,

Distributor and producer Medusa reeled in shock at Dario’s first cut of the supernatural shocker that went far beyond any extreme they imagined. Didn’t they read the script? So they sent him back into the editing rooms to make it more ‘mainstream’, i.e. attractive to overseas buyers who they thought wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole in the original version. So far they’ve been right. The problems are all to do with the depiction of perverse sex in the witch gathering satanic scenes and one cannibal killing of a major character.


Argento is now in a standoff position with Medusa. He’s not one to suffer fools gladly and is prepared to fight his corner. His reputation is still so great in Italy that it will be an interesting face-off. I hope for his sake, and ours, he wins and we see The Third Mother in all its gory and orgy glory.

I hope so too. People have been waiting for this film for 27 years - for it to finally emerge after all this time in a form that doesn’t represent its director’s intentions would be a travesty.

Discovered by Cookie at Dark Discussion.

Posted: Friday, May 04, 2007 at 9:26 PM
Categories: Cinema | Dario Argento

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