Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento

Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento

by Maitland McDonagh
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Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento by Maitland McDonagh

Italian filmmaker Dario Argento’s horror films have been described as a blend of Alfred Hitchcock and George Romero—psychologically rich, colorful, and at times garish, excelling at taking the best elements of the splatter and exploitation genres and laying them over a dark undercurrent of human emotions and psyches. Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds, which dissects such Argento cult films as Two Evil Eyes, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Suspiria, and Deep Red, includes a new introduction discussing Argento’s most recent films, from The Stendahl Syndrome to Mother of Tears; an updated filmography; and an interview with Argento.

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ISBN-13: 9780816656073
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Publication date: 04/08/2010
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Maitland McDonagh is a film critic and TV commentator who maintains her own Web site, She was the senior movies editor of from 1995 to 2008.

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harveycritic More than 1 year ago
Just ask anyone at Fangoria, the best-known magazine specializing in horror films. You'll be assured that Maitland McDonagh is a leading national authority on the genre. But wait: Maitland. Isn't that a woman's name? Yes indeed. If some people wonder how a red-blooded American male can go for chick flicks like "Pretty Woman," "The Joy Luck Club" and "The Remains of the day," those same movie fans would pigeonhole slasher pics as those made strictly for the testosterone set. In her updated, newly-expanded tome on the films of Dario Argento, "Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento," McDonagh does not bother offering a clear impression of just why she became a fan of testosterone fare, but does say that "On the strength of 'Deep Red' I started researching and found that while there was plenty of writing about the man and his films.there was nothing academic..Argento's films were a graduate student's dream.seething with subtext and vibrating with visual virtuosity." In other words, here was a director whose works she does not universally like (she agrees with me that "La terza madre" is nothing to write home about, nor is "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage"), but the film department at Columbia University requires a thesis of graduate students, and why not see if the department would accept something considered tawdry and commercial--like horror? The book was developed out of her Master's thesis, with McDonagh's probably going through what I did with my own thesis when I hooked a publisher who showed some interest in my writing a book. "Just rewrite your dissertation and remove everything that's boring," was the advice of the Utah-based editor, which decided not to accept my "book" when it was ground down to a single page. No problem with "Broken Mirrors." Though I have not seen McDonagh's thesis, probably available at Columbia's Butler library, I see that whatever it states has successfully been re-formed into a readable, often exciting piece of work. The book is intriguing, though not targeted to the youthful fan base of of the lesser Frankenstein/Dracula/Wolfman series but rather to movie-goers who have read more than their BlackBerry messages and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. They can appreciate the way the author combines a scholarly tone with the reading ease of a solid novel. Look at this description of: "penny-dreadful narratives seething with subtext and vibrating with visual virtuosity." Alliteration and deftly condensed verbiage abound in the paperback's 293 pages. If these words connect with you, consider the purchase. As for the way "Broken Mirrors" is organized, the bulk is a film by film analysis of Argento's works, which means that the best way to tackle it is to pick up the DVDs (all of Argento's films are available in that format) and then give yourself a few weeks. Set your player up with "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage," then read the chapter-one which, by the way, compares Argento with Hitchcock. Everything about the movie that has you puzzled will be explained by