31 Days of Horror - Day 17: Opera
Dario Argento really has a vision and goes for it. Most people’s end product always falls shy of what they’ve imagined. But I get the impression that Argento is creating exactly what he wants to create and that makes me incredibly jealous.
This film is art. Bloody, violent art, but beautiful none the less. Some of the scenes are so impressive that I wish non-horror films would be as ambitious in their shots. One in particular, a bird’s eye view as it circles the opera house, is so fluid that I can’t imagine how it was done in 1987.
But if I had to rank the films I’ve seen in order of preference, I’d say Suspira, Tenebre, Phenomena, then Opera. This also happens to be the chronological order of his films, which I don’t think is a coincidence. Opera is the most commercially successful out of the four but it is also happens to be the least interesting visually and story-wise. It may make for a more digestible movie, but it took a lot of the fun away.
And by more digestible, I’m by no means implying that it made sense. Opera is still very Argento in that way. Without giving away the ending, I want to quote the last lines in the movie.
"I no longer wanted to see anybody. I wanted to escape all together because I’m different. I don’t even vaguely resemble others, any of them. I like the wind, butterflies, flowers, leaves, insects, the rain, clouds."
And that’s it. That’s the last thing the heroine says. Before letting a lizard go free. And believe me, it doesn’t make any more sense if you’ve seen the film. But I still like the quote and will use it in my daily life.
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