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Tenebre (1982)

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An American writer in Rome is stalked by a serial killer bent on harassing him while killing all people associated with his work on his latest book.

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Dario Argento

Writers:

Dario Argento (screenplay), Dario Argento (story)
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Part three of the "Three Mothers" trilogy which takes place in Rome and has to do with Mater Lachrymarum (The Third Mother).

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Franciosa ... Peter Neal
Christian Borromeo ... Gianni
Mirella D'Angelo ... Tilde
Veronica Lario ... Jane McKerrow
Ania Pieroni ... Elsa Manni
Eva Robins ... Girl on Beach
Carola Stagnaro Carola Stagnaro ... Detective Altieri
John Steiner ... Christiano Berti
Lara Wendel ... Maria Alboretto
John Saxon ... Bullmer
Daria Nicolodi ... Anne
Giuliano Gemma ... Detective Germani
Isabella Amadeo Isabella Amadeo ... Bullmer's secretary
Mirella Banti Mirella Banti ... Marion
Ennio Girolami ... Department Store Manager (as Enio Girolami)
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Storyline

With Argento's trademark visual style, linked with one of his more coherent plots, Tenebrae follows a writer who arrives to Rome only to find somebody is using his novels as the inspiration (and, occasionally, the means) of committing murder. As the death toll mounts the police are ever baffled, and the writer becomes more closely linked to the case than is comfortable. Written by David Carroll <davidc@atom.ansto.gov.au>

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | Spanish

Release Date:

9 August 1984 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadows See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo (Japan theatrical release)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Argento's Masterpiece
1 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Tenebre (1982)

**** (out of 4)

Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa), an American writer, travels to Rome to promote his latest book and then a string a murders begin to target Peter as well as those around him. It seems the killer is using the book to commit copycat murders and it's up to Peter and the police to find out who's doing it. FOr my money this is Dario Argento's greatest film and it's also one of the greatest and most shocking mysteries in the history of cinema. I've seen the movie countless times now but the ending never loses its punch and the final fifteen minutes are downright thrilling, shocking and extremely violent. The violence level here is a lot higher than any of the previous Argento's films combined and I think it works very well with the film. The giallo genre was full of violent murders but none of them hit home as hard as the ones here do. The sound effects add a lot of drama to the murders but Argento also does the murders in such a poetic style that they come off even more violent. I think the screenplay is very strong offering up plenty of suspects but it keeps the mystery all the way to end the. I know very few people who predicted who the killer was and even when you do know the ending still comes as a shock. The performances by Franciosa, John Saxon and Daria Nicolodi are very good as well. There's some terrific camera work as well as one of the greatest scores for any Argento film.


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