Suzy Bannion travels to Germany to perfect her ballet skills. She arrives at the Tanz dance academy in the pouring rain and is refused admission after another woman is seen fleeing the school. She returns the next morning and this time is let in. She learns that the young woman she saw fleeing the previous evening, Pat Hingle, has been found dead. Strange things soon begin to occur. Suzy becomes ill and is put on a special diet; the school becomes infested with maggots; odd sounds abound; and Daniel, the pianist, is killed by his own dog. A bit of research indicates that the ballet school was once a witches' coven - and as Suzy learns, still is.Written by
In an interview, Jessica Harper said that many of the actors spoke different languages during shooting, mostly Italian and German, and it would make communicating difficult at times. However, since the film would be dubbed into English for American release, it was deemed not to be an issue during filming. See more »
In Germany, "Tanz Akademie" (as it appears on signage throughout the film) would be written as one word. See more »
Suzy Banyon decided to perfect her ballet studies in the most famous school of dance in Europe. She chose the celebrated academy of Freiburg. One day, at nine in the morning, she left Kennedy airport, New York, and arrived in Germany at 10:40 p.m. local time...
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SUSPIRIA is Director Dario Argento's hyper-colorful, dream-like horror tale of witchery and murder. Upon first viewing this film, one can be overwhelmed by the beautiful sets, hypnotic music, and vicious assault sequences.
Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) arrives at a prestigious German ballet school, just in time to see a former student fleeing from the place. Suzy hears a few of the girl's parting words before she disappears into the stormy night. These words just might have great significance. Of course, this is Argento, so, violent, bloody deaths soon begin.
This time, the Giallo master mixes overt supernatural goings-on with his unknown stalker. The victims in this movie are all those who have seen or heard too much, and are a threat to the secret within the academy.
Argento goes out of his way to make this as bizarre and engrossing as possible. The set pieces are unforgettable, including the "open heart / skylight", "maggot", and "room of coiled wire" scenes. Joan Bennett is cold and enigmatic as Madame Blanc, and Alida Valli is supremely menacing as Miss Tanner. SUSPIRIA is a film that can be watched many times. One of the greatest horror films ever made...
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