About the Film:
In 2017, an uncut Italian 35mm print of Suspiria was discovered. According to the Chicago Cinema Society, the print was rescued from an Italian cinema that had closed down. It had sat untouched in the cinema's storage area since 1978. "After a brief inspection to assess the overall condition of the print, it appears as if it had only been screened a handful of times at most," The Chicago Cinema Society said in a June 2017 blog post. "We were stunned to find that the print is a completely uncut 6 reel print with a run time of 98 minutes in Italian language."
This coveted Suspiria print will arrive at The Little on Saturday, Feb. 17. We're screening this version with live subtitling as part of Saturday Night Rewind.
Plot: Suzy (Jessica Harper) travels to Germany to attend ballet school. When she arrives, late on a stormy night, no one lets her in, and she sees Pat (Eva Axén), another student, fleeing from the school. When Pat reaches her apartment, she is murdered. The next day, Suzy is admitted to her new school, but has a difficult time settling in. She hears noises, and often feels ill. As more people die, Suzy uncovers the terrifying secret history of the place.
Rochester writer/film critic Erich Van Dussen says: "Genre filmmaking gets a bad rap, but sophisticated movies of any stripe deserve a fair appraisal. Dario Argento's SUSPIRIA slides into that category with the ease of a spiked goblet of claret: you'll drink it down and be halfway home before you know what hit you. It's operatic horror, lush and grand and silky and terrifying."
Saturday Night Rewind is a monthly 35mm film series presented by the Little Theatre and Fright-Rags.