When it comes to the world of Italian horror, few names command the level of respect earned by Dario Argento. Whether it be crafting some of the greatest giallos in history, or innovating supernatural terror, Argento has one of the most impressive back catalogs of any director alive today.
Arguably his most beloved film is 1977’s Suspiria, a tale of young American dancer Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper), and her unexpectedly gore-filled stay at a prestigious German ballet academy. As with many Italian horror flicks of the era, the story gets kind of insane, but the film as a whole borders on mesmerizing.
For anyone yet to experience Suspiria in a theater, the Chicago Cinema Society has some good news. They’ve discovered an uncut Italian-language 35MM print of the film in the storage area of a shuttered Chicago theater.
The print in question has been basically untouched since the late 70’s, and CCS has confirmed that it’s in excellent psychical condition. So, what’s one to do with a pristine print of a classic film? Show it of course, and that’s exactly what CCS plans to do.
10 screenings in various cities around the U.S. have been announced so far, with more venues to come. Go here to stay updated as further screenings are added. Here’s the full list as of this writing:
7/28 – 7/30/2017: The Metrograph, New York City, NY
9/1/2017: The Denver Film Society, Denver, CO
9/16/2017: The Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
10/14/2017: Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA
10/26+27/2017: Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA
Late Fall: Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL
11/18/2017: Alamo Drafthouse, Littleton, CO
11/24/2017: Alamo Drafthouse, Yonkers, NY
1/12/2018: Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY
1/18/2018: The Charles Theater, Baltimore, MD
I don’t know about you, but I plan to try and make it to at least one of these screenings. Suspiria is an absolute classic, and it deserves to be seen on the big screen.