Dario Argento Biography (1940-)

Born September 7, 1940, in Rome, Italy; son of Salvatore Argento (a film producer and executive); companion of Daria Nicolodi (an actress), 1975 (separated, 1985); children: Asia (an actress) and Fiore (an actress).

Nationality
Italian
Gender
Male
Occupation
director, producer, screenwriter, composer, editor, sound mixer, artistic supervisor, actor
Birth Details
September 7, 1940
Rome, Italy

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Film Director, Except Where Indicated
  • Codirector, Probabilita zero, 1968
  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (also known as L'ucello dalle piume di cristalo, The Bird with the Glass Feathers, Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Handschuhe, The Phantom of Terror, and The Gallery Murders), UM, 1970
  • Cat o' Nine Tails (also known as Il gatto a nove code,Le Chat a neuf queues, and Die Neunschwanzige Katze), NationalGeneral, 1971
  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet (also known as Quattro mosche di velluto grigio, Four Patches of Grey Velvet, and Quatre mourches develous gris), Paramount, 1972
  • Le Cinque giornate (also known as The Five Days of Milan),1973
  • Deep Red (also known as Profondo rosso, The Hatchet Murders, Dripping Deep Red, The Sabre Tooth Tiger, and DeepRed Hatchet Murders), Seda Spettacoli Mahler, 1975 , released in the United States by Rizzoli, 1976
  • Suspiria (also known as Dario Argento's Suspiria), International Classics/Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977
  • (And coproducer, script consultant, and post-production sound mixer) Zombie (also known as Dawn of the Dead, Dawn of the Living Dead, Zombi, Zombie: Dawn of the Dead, and Zombies), 1978
  • Inferno (also known as Dario Argento's Inferno), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • Sotto gli occhi dell'assassino (also known as Tenebrae,Shadow, Tenebre, and Unsane), Intra/Anglo-American/Bedford Entertainment/Film Gallery, 1982
  • (And producer) Creepers (also known as Phenomena), New LineCinema, 1985
  • Producer, Demons (also known as Demoni), Titanus/Ascot Entertainment Group, 1985
  • Producer, Demons II: The Nightmare Is Back (also known as Demoni II: L'incubo ritorna, Demoni 2, and Demons 2), Titanus/Avatar/DAC, 1986
  • (And producer) Opera (also known as Terror at the Opera), Columbia, 1987
  • Producer, La Chiesa (also known as Cathedral of Demons, The Church, Demon Cathedral, Demons 3, and In the Land of the Demons), 1988
  • (And executive producer) Due occhi dibolici (also known as TwoEvil Eyes), 1990
  • Producer, La Setta (also known as Demons 4, The Devil's Daughter, and The Sect), 1990
  • (And producer and editor) Trauma (also known as Dario Argento's Trauma), 1993
  • (And producer) La Sindrome di Stendhal (also known as The Stendhal Syndrome and Stendhal's Syndrome), Troma, 1996
  • Producer and artistic supervisor, M.D.C.-Maschera di cera (also known as Gaston Leroux's The Wax Mask), Italian International Film,1997
  • Il Fantasma dell'opera (also known as Phantom of the Opera and The Phantom of the Opera), A-pix Entertainment, Inc., 1998
  • Producer, Scarlet Diva, Minerva, 2000
  • Non ho sonno (also known as I Can't Sleep), 2001
  • Film Appearances
  • Himself, Il Mondo dell'orrore di Dario Argento (also known asDario Argento's World of Horror), 1985
  • Paramedic, Innocent Blood (also known as A French Vampire in America), 1992
  • Man confessing to Franciscan monk, Il Cielo e sempre piu blu (alsoknown as Bits and Pieces), 1995
  • Himself, Il Mondo di Dario Argento 3: Il museo degli orrori di Dario Argento, 1997
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Producer and (as Sirio Bernadotte) director, Il Tram, 1973
  • Producer and (uncredited) director, Testimone oculare, 1973
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Himself, Fear in the Dark, 1991
  • RECORDINGS
  • Music Videos
  • Directed and appeared in Claudio Simonetti's "Jennifer's Theme."
  • WRITINGS
  • Screenplays
  • Scusi, lei e favorevole o contrario?, 1967
  • (With Tonio Cervi) Today It's Me ... Tomorrow You! (also knownas Oggi a me domani a te!, Today It's Me, Today We Kill... Tomorrow We Die), Splendid, 1968 , released in the United States byCinerama, 1971
  • Probabilita zero (also known as Probability Zero), 1968
  • Commandos (also known as Himmelfahrtskommando El Alamein, Mit Eichenlaub und Schwertern, and Sullivan's Marauders), 1968
  • Le rivoluzione sessuale (also known as The Sexual Revolution), 1968
  • La stagione dei sensi (also known as Season of the Senses),1968
  • Comandamenti per un gangster, 1968
  • Une corde, un Colt (also known as Cemetery Without Crossesand Cimitero senza croci), 1968
  • Les Heros ne meurent jamais, 1968
  • Metti, una sera a cena (also known as The Love Circle, One Night at Dinner, and Supongamos que una noche, cenando ...), 1969
  • Un Esercito di cinque uomini (also known as The Five Man Army), 1969
  • (From story) C'era una volta il West (also known as Once Upon a Time in the West), 1969
  • La Legione dei dannati (also known as Battle of the Commandos, La Brigada de los condenados, Die zum Teufel gehen, and Legion of the Damned), 1969
  • The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (also known as L'ucello dalle piume di cristalo, The Bird with the Glass Feathers, Das Geheimnis der schwarzen Handschuhe, The Phantom of Terror, and The Gallery Murders), UM, 1970 , published in Profondo Thrilling, 1975
  • (With Marc Richards) The Five Man Army (also known as Un esercito di 5 uomini), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1970
  • (And story) Cat o' Nine Tails (also known as Il gatto a nove code, Le Chat a neuf queues, and Die Neunschwanzige Katze), National General, 1971 , published in Profondo Thrilling, 1975
  • (And story) Four Flies on Grey Velvet (also known as Quattro mosche di velluto grigio, Four Patches of Grey Velvet, and Quatremourches de velous gris), Paramount, 1972 , published in Profondo Thrilling, 1975
  • (And story) Le cinque giornate, (also known as The Five Days ofMilan), 1973
  • (With Bernardino Zapponi) Deep Red (also known as Profondo rosso, The Hatchet Murders, Dripping Deep Red, The Sabre Tooth Tiger, and Deep Red Hatchet Murders), Seda Spettacoli Mahler, 1975 , released in the United States by Rizzoli, 1976
  • (With Daria Nicoldi) Suspiria (also known as Dario Argento's Suspiria), International Classics/Twentieth Century-Fox, 1977
  • (Uncredited) Zombie (also known as Dawn of the Dead, Dawn of the Living Dead, Zombi, Zombie: Dawn of the Dead, andZombies), 1978
  • (And story) Inferno (also known as Dario Argento's Inferno), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1980
  • (As George Kemp) Sotto gli occhi dell'assassino (also known asTenebrae, Shadow, Tenebre, and Unsane), Intra/Anglo-American/Bedford Entertainment/Film Gallery, 1982
  • (With Franco Ferrini) Creepers (also known as Phenomena), New Line Cinema, 1985
  • (With Lamberto Bava, Dardano Sacchetti, and Ferrini) Demons (alsoknown as Demoni), Titanus/Ascot Entertainment Group, 1985
  • (With Bava, Sacchetti, and Ferrini) Demons II: The Nightmare Is Back (also known as Demoni II: L'incubo ritorna, Demoni 2, and Demons 2), Titanus/Avatar/DAC, 1986
  • (With Ferrini) Opera (also known as Terror at the Opera), Columbia, 1987
  • (With Ferrini) La Chiesa (also known as Cathedral of Demons, The Church, Demon Cathedral, Demons 3, and In the Land of the Demons), 1988
  • Due occhi dibolici (also known as Two Evil Eyes), 1990
  • La Setta (also known as Demons 4, The Devil's Daughter, and The Sect), 1990
  • (And story) Trauma (also known as Dario Argento's Trauma), 1993
  • (And story) La Sindrome di Stendhal (also known as The StendhalSyndrome and Stendhal's Syndrome), Troma, 1996
  • (Story) M.D.C.-Maschera di cera (also known as Gaston Leroux's The Wax Mask), 1997
  • Il Fantasma dell'opera (also known as Phantom of the Opera and The Phantom of the Opera), A-pix Entertainment, Inc., 1998
  • Non ho sonno (also known as I Can't Sleep), 2001
  • Film Scores
  • Suspiria (also known as Dario Argento's Suspiria), 1977
  • (Additional music) Zombie (also known as Dawn of the Dead,Dawn of the Living Dead, Zombi, Zombie: Dawn of the Dead, and Zombies), 1978
  • Television Movies
  • Il Tram, 1973
  • Testimone oculare, 1973
  • Television Episodes
  • La porte dans l'obscurite, 1972

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Books:
    • International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers, Volume 2: Directors, February, 1993, St. James Press, 1996.
    • McGonagh, Maitland, Broken Mirrors, Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento, Sun Tavern Fields, 1991.
    Periodicals:
    • Film Quarterly, Winter, 1987, p. 2.
    • Film Comment, January-February, 1993, p. 55.
    • Film Threat, p. 40.

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