(1980) is part 2 of an unfinished trilogy by Dario Argento about a
matriarchal triad of "mothers" that combine to form a fourth
|In this film, a music
student returns to New York from Italy, and tries to locate his
sister, who, it seems, lives in a house built for one of the three
mothers. The same architect built additional houses in Italy and
Germany for the other two. The sister is dead but the body is missing.
Before the student leaves Italy, another young girl, a classmate of
his played by Eleonora Giorgi, is killed by the Italian version of the
house. Before she is killed, she explores a flooded basement, drops
her keys, dives in after them, then provides great wet shirt shots.
see the main commentary
||There are probably a few more plot
tidbits, but plot isn't the strong point of this film. Like most of
Argento's work, the art and set decoration, lighting and camera angles
are superb. The music is often overwrought, and everything plays at
near slow motion. If you are an Argento fan, you will want to see
this. If not, you could survive without seeing it.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
guideline: A means the movie is so good it
will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not
good enough to win you over if you hate the
genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an
open mind about this type of film. C means it will only
appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover
appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you
like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if
you love the genre. F means that the film is not only
unappealing across-the-board, but technically
inept as well.
Based on this
description, this film is a C-, as Euro-gore.
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