FRIDAY NIGHT FRIGHTS: Argento's "Four Flies On Grey Velvet" (imported UK print!)

For those only familiar with Dario Argento’s supernatural classics like Suspiria and Phenomena, Four Flies on Grey Velvet is absolutely required viewing. After a screenwriting stint on legendary films like Once Upon a Time in the West, Argento kicked off his directing career with the “Animal Trilogy”: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Cat o’ Nine Tails and Four Flies on Grey Velvet. These early films find Argento at his most Hitchcockian, telling ripping thrillers that pushed the boundaries of the giallo genre before he evolved his style towards the surreal with 1975′s Deep Red. Four Flies is the twisted, woeful tale of a young musician (Michael Brandon) who accidentally kills a mysterious stalker. After receiving an envelope containing photographs of the murder, he’s pushed to the edge of sanity by increasingly terrible circumstances. But to imply that Four Flies is a “straightforward” thriller is a gross misunderstanding. Shocking, ludicrous, beautifully staged and set to a sharply funky Morricone score, it contains all the hallmarks of visual and narrative insanity that made Argento an international icon.
Dir. Dario Argento, 1971, 35mm, 104 min.

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