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Celebrities in attendance were Dario, Claudio and Fiore Argento, co-scripter Franco Ferrini, Luigi Cozzi, David DIngeo (from Phantom of the Opera and Scarlet Diva) and most of the lesser cast and crew. This is how Argento introduced his brilliant return to the thriller format he made well and truly his own with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage. I made this film for myself, but I hope you like it too. Its my most personal film to date and it recounts the state of my soul and my mood in the new millennium. Because it has a faster rhythm than usual I wanted Goblin to regroup for the soundtrack and their music is a wonderful accompaniment to the strong violence. It shows Turin in a more mysterious and intimate way than Deep Red and I think Max Von Sydow gives one of the best performances anyone has ever given in one of my movies.
I cant envisage any real censorship
problems for its international release apart from a few short scenes of the
female victims being repeatedly punched in the face before they are hideously
slaughtered. Argento told me, When I submitted the film to the Italian
censor board I said to them, Look, Ive been at this game now for 30
years. Audiences like my movies so please give it a general rating for all to
see. They came back after the screening and said, You must be
joking. For a general certificate wed need at least five major
cuts. So much for backing Italian film-makers in their own country.
A production source said, Its a big break for Luke. Hes had smaller roles in the past but Blade 2 is a real catch. This might rockets him into the big league. Tcheky Karyo will play the villain. And when del Toro finishes that Horror Fantasy, hell direct The Coffin for James Camerons Lightstorm Entertainment. Based on the comic book series by Phil Hester and Mike Huddleston, The Coffin follows a scientist who creates a polymer suit that holds the soul after the body dies. When hes about to die, the scientist dons the suit, becoming a sort of Frankenstein monster, and seeks a reconciliation with his estranged young daughter.
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