Ode to the master of Italian cinema of author: Dario Argento

I know Dario’s house very well, it has been our office for more than five years. And it is also something else. It is the place where he lives and in which there is everything that belongs to him. I am familiar with him, and with his home. I want to share the privilege of being able to see him whenever I want, to ask him any questions and to work with him. But not too much.

1. Do you distinguish more or less happy periods in your career?

As in all careers, it is normal that more and less important moments exist. When you follow your inspiration and it fails, that’s a bad time. A good moment, happy, is instead a great success.

2. He started with yellow but then the fantastic took over. Now that the fantastic cinema is full of special effects, is it nostalgic for a certain artisanal cinema but with a great visual impact, like his or that of Mario Bava?

I miss certain moments of the Yellow cinema, Thriller, as they are not widespread now. But I try to keep attending them, seeing them and doing them.

3. What do you think of new technologies? Turning a movie with a cell phone helps the cinema?

New technologies are important on certain aspects and make sense. But I do not know if you can make a film with your cell phone, because of the lack of depth of field and other technicalities. There are small, handy and cost-effective digital cameras that cost like a cell phone.

4. Today, a lot of television makes cinema better. In Italy you were a pioneer because you did the TV as the cinema did: what do you think of these two languages?

Currently I plan to do something important for international TV because I’m starting to feel stimulated by all the famous films that come from America and the series, some exceptional. In Italy, fiction, however, is flat, moralistic and a little banal. In America it is almost more free than cinema; we arrive at certain forms of representations of violence, of sex that were previously unthinkable. So sure, I think it’s time to do TV and to do it using America’s TV language.

5. Today in Italy are mostly comedies, as you see the Italian cinema of our day?

It is a strictly economic matter: doing comedies is cheap and should have a good result. Now, however, we are moving towards a change because the comedies have tired the public and start to go wrong. It is an opportune moment for Italian cinema to redevelop and rediscover the genres that it had abandoned. I think it’s a time of great change. We’ll see where it will end.

Isabella Peschiera

Graduated in communications technology and passionate about communication psychology, in 2010 I moved to Rome, where I continue to work as a personal assistant to Dario Argento. I love music above all things, for years in Padua I have organized concerts and events of various kinds in different clubs. I have a “small” weakness for Michael Jackson, and I watch a lot of movies. I believe that humanity would improve if it was more attentive to the animal world. I write a lot, about myself, about what surrounds me and about how I perceive it. I joined a Tour Manager of the OTRLive during Eva against Eva, by Carmen Consoli. An incredibly formative experience from every point of view. Today I have many things in mind … but