Lauded Sicilian filmmaker Luca Guadagnino’s remake of one of cinema’s best-known giallo films plunges even deeper into the occult themes and dark metaphors established in the 1977 version for a contemporary update on Italian master Dario Argento’s classic, itself inspired by Thomas De Quincy’s 1845 poetic essays on memory as experienced through psychedelics. Set in the “German Autumn” of 1977, Dakota Johnson stars as an American newly arrived at a Berlin dance academy run by a coven of witches, including Tilda Swinton’s Mother Helena Markos, one of three roles embodied by Guadagnino’s longtime muse and collaborator. 

DIRECTED BY: Luca Guadagnino. WRITTEN BY: David Kajganich. WITH: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Chloë Grace Moretz. 2018. 152 min. Italy/USA. Color. English, German, French. Rated R. DCP. 

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