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Beware of Dario Argento: A 20-Film Retrospective

Beware of Dario Argento: A 20-Film Retrospective

June 17 – 29, 2022 @ Film at Lincoln Center

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Use code OPERA for $5 off tickets throughout the Argento retro!


Film at Lincoln Center and Cinecittà present Beware of Dario Argento: A 20-Film Retrospective, a retrospective of the iconic Italian horror director’s influential feature films, 17 of them premiering in brand-new 4K restorations, with the director in person for select screenings. Presented in collaboration with Italian Cultural Institute.

See Dario Argento in person for Q&As at The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (6/17), Deep Red (6/18), and Phenomena (6/19), and introductions at Tenebrae (6/17), Suspiria (6/18), and Dark Glasses (6/19).

Ever since his heart-stopping directorial debut in 1970, Dario Argento has been redrawing the boundaries of cinematic horror with flamboyant violence, feverish plotting, and deliriously stylized compositions. Initially associated with giallo, the pulpy Italian subgenre he helped formalize and would later take to unprecedented heights with his international breakthrough, Deep Red (1975), Argento embraces a gamut of fantastical influences—from sublime Gothic art and penny dreadfuls to Murnau, Hitchcock, and Disney—with his distinctively baroque style of disorientating cinematography, stained-glass colorwork, and elaborate musical scores (often composed by his own rotating house group, Goblin).

The retrospective will pay homage to Argento’s singular voice in horror cinema, from his seminal debut feature The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, widely regarded with popularizing gialli internationally, and other unforgettable contributions to the subgenre including: Deep Red, Tenebrae, and Opera; to his masterful paranormal-tinged Phenomena, and supernatural “Three Mothers Trilogy”: the wildly influential Suspiria, 35mm screenings of Inferno, and Mother of Tears; to underscreened gems like Trauma, The Stendhal Syndrome, The Black Cat, and Dracula 3D, as well as his made-for-television feature Do You Like Hitchcock?. The lineup also will host the North American Premiere of Dark Glasses, his first film in 10 years.

Organized by Madeline Whittle and Tyler Wilson of Film at Lincoln Center, and by Camilla Cormanni, Paola Ruggiero, and Marco Cicala of Cinecittà. Co-produced by Cinecittà, Rome. Presented in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute.

Sponsored by: MUBI

The event is also part of Fare Cinema 2022, an initiative dedicated to the professions of cinema and the promotion of the Italian film industry in the world, promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.







  • Organized by: Film at Lincoln Center and Cinecittà
  • In collaboration with: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di New York