Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Review of Suspiria


Fig 1 Poster


Fig 2 'Suzy'

A young American dancer travels to Europe to join a famous ballet school. As she arrives, the camera turns to another young woman, who appears to be fleeing from the school. She returns to her apartment where she is gruesomely murdered by a hideous creature. Meanwhile, the young American is trying to settle in at the ballet school, but hears strange noises and is troubled by bizarre occurrences.

“With his sharp eye for the bizarre and for vulgar over-decoration.” (SM 1976) The decorations seems to be over exaggerated because how bold the colours of the interior are. But one thing that the decorations give is a lot of atmosphere and depth towards the character to Suzy. Which Suzy is disturbed with all the drama and horror of the leader of the school.  Colours are very basic which form an understanding of clear design.  Also the lighting that reflects every time it comes to something interesting or it shows fear and uncanny.  Meaning of uncanny is towards the environment.

“The plot, as transparent as the pane of glass that slices up the movie's first victim, is intentionally ridiculous.” (Maslin 1977) Seeing this women get sliced by the glass above is really silly because.  The first person dies from the glass above. In suspiria it shows the victim lying dead on the floor where the glass is in the centre of the head. Doesn’t make any sense Shows there weren’t much thought into the film. Really bizarre as it seems if the maker run at of ideas.  It’s more of a laugh and wasn’t frightening at all. When someone dies it should be more realistic and has to be seen in film.

“Suzy eventually discovers that the school’s teachers are a coven, led by a legendary “Black Queen”. She kills the ancient hag, the coven’s power is broken, and the Academy is wiped clean by flames.” (Berriman 1977) when Suzy runs at of the school and the building burns and telling that the evil witch is blown to bits and everything she has blown up when Suzy is running for her life. This shows there is black magic and which use in the film.  But she is an evil witch that may want to control the school. Probably if the head mistress actually succeeded she may of control the over school.  Has much of an uncanny effect as it’s always something that is familiar to someone such as Suzy.  Suzy figures at the plot the head mistress is targeting to kill her.

List of illustrations:  
Fig 1 Poster  
Bibliography:
SM (1976)
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Janet Maslin (1977)
http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=990CEFDB1F3BE334BC4B52DFBE66838C669EDE&partner=Rotten Tomatoes
(Accessed on 21/12/11)
Ian Berriman (1977)
(Accessed on 21/12/11)

1 comment:

  1. “The plot, as transparent as the pane of glass that slices up the movie's first victim, is intentionally ridiculous.” (Maslin 1977) Seeing this women get sliced by the glass above is really silly because. The first person dies from the glass above. In suspiria it shows the victim lying dead on the floor where the glass is in the centre of the head. Doesn’t make any sense Shows there weren’t much thought into the film. Really bizarre as it seems if the maker run at of ideas. It’s more of a laugh and wasn’t frightening at all. When someone dies it should be more realistic and has to be seen in film.

    Hey Amrit - this paragraph isn't the sort of review that's very helpful to you - or me - re. using the film programme to understand a little more about the unit, and about different ways of telling stories. I'd argue that nothing about Suspiria is realistic - obviously not with all the over the top colours etc. This review is too conventional, Amrit, to basic - I want you to think more deeply about the visual experience of these films - as yes, some of them will not be to your modern taste, but there's still a lot you can get from them.

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