Dario Argento

Director, Screenwriter, Producer
One of the most celebrated horror film directors of the late 20th century, Dario Argento came the closest to visualizing genuine nightmares on celluloid with such surreal, blood-soaked genre classics as "The Bird with ... Read more »
Born: 09/06/1940 in Italy

Filmography

Writer (35)

Argento's Dracula 3D 2013 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Mother of Tears 2008 (Movie)

(Story By)

Mother of Tears 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Do You Like Hitchcock? 2005 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Card Player 2004 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sleepless 2001 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Stendhal Syndrome 1999 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Stendhal Syndrome 1999 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Phantom of the Opera 1998 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Maschera di Cera 1997 (Movie)

(From Story)

Trauma 1992 (Movie)

from original story (From Story)

Trauma 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Sect 1991 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Sect 1991 (Movie)

(From Story)

Two Evil Eyes 1991 (Movie)

screenplay adaptation("The Black Cat") (Screenplay)

The Church 1989 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Church 1989 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Demoni 2 - L'Incubo Ritorna 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Opera 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Demoni 1986 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Creepers 1985 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Sotto gli occhi dell'Assassino 1981 (Movie)

(From Story)

Sotto gli occhi dell'Assassino 1981 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dawn of the Dead 1979 (Movie)

screenplay consultant (Other Writer)

Inferno 1978 (Movie)

(From Story)

Inferno 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Suspiria 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Profondo Rosso 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cat O' Nine Tails 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Cat O' Nine Tails 1970 (Movie)

(From Story)

Quattro Mosche di Velluto Grigio 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Five Man Army 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Once Upon a Time in the West 1969 (Movie)

(From Story)

The Gallery Murders 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Love Circle 1968 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (20)

Argento's Dracula 3D 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Giallo 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Mother of Tears 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Masters of Horror 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Director

Do You Like Hitchcock? 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

The Card Player 2004 (Movie)

(Director)

Sleepless 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

The Stendhal Syndrome 1999 (Movie)

(Director)

The Phantom of the Opera 1998 (Movie)

(Director)

Trauma 1992 (Movie)

(Director)

Two Evil Eyes 1991 (Movie)

("The Black Cat") (Director)

Opera 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

Creepers 1985 (Movie)

(Director)

Sotto gli occhi dell'Assassino 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Inferno 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Suspiria 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Profondo Rosso 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Cat O' Nine Tails 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

Quattro Mosche di Velluto Grigio 1970 (Movie)

(Director)

The Gallery Murders 1968 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (14)

Mother of Tears 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Card Player 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)

Scarlet Diva 2002 (Movie)

("presents") (Producer)

Sleepless 2001 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Stendhal Syndrome 1999 (Movie)

(Producer)

Maschera di Cera 1997 (Movie)

(Producer)

Trauma 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Sect 1991 (Movie)

(Producer)

Two Evil Eyes 1991 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Church 1989 (Movie)

(Producer)

Demoni 2 - L'Incubo Ritorna 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Opera 1987 (Movie)

(Producer)

Demoni 1986 (Movie)

(Producer)

Creepers 1985 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (3)

Boogeymen II: Masters of Horror 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Bits and Pieces 1996 (Movie)

Man Confessing to Franciscan Monk (Actor)

Innocent Blood 1992 (Movie)

Paramedic (Actor)
Music (2)

Dawn of the Dead 1979 (Movie)

(Music)

Suspiria 1977 (Movie)

(Music)
Sound (1)

Dawn of the Dead 1979 (Movie)

(post-production) (Sound Mixer)
Editor (1)

Trauma 1992 (Movie)

(Editor)
Executive (1)

Maschera di Cera 1997 (Movie)

artistic supervisor (Supervisor)

Biography

One of the most celebrated horror film directors of the late 20th century, Dario Argento came the closest to visualizing genuine nightmares on celluloid with such surreal, blood-soaked genre classics as "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" (1969), "Deep Red" (1975), "Suspiria" (1977) and "Mother of Tears" (2007). A former journalist, he transformed his love for folk tales and 19th century supernatural literature into a vibrant cinematic language of fear, essaying deeply suspenseful and psychologically driven stories of monstrous figures - both human and otherwise - overpowering the minds and bodies of his protagonists, resulting in carnage set to the driving scores of Ennio Morricone and against a backdrop of hallucinogenic colors, light and sounds. "Suspiria," about witches in a dance school, was his masterpiece, eschewing sensory abandon over story, but also his downfall; he spent much of the subsequent three decades attempting to match its haunting allure. Despite the ups and downs of his career, the grand poetic terror of Argento's finest works granted him iconic status in the horror genre and international cinema as a whole.

Relationships

Asia Argento Actor

Daughter

Salvatore Argento

Father
worked for son's production company, Seda Productions

Asia Argento

Daughter
starred in Argento's American directing debut, "Trauma" born c. 1976

Fiore Argento

Daughter
born c. 1971 appeared in Argento's "Phenomena"

Claudio Argento

Brother
younger brother works for brother's production company, Seda Productions

Anna Argento

Granddaughter
born on July 20, 2001 daughter of Asia Argento

Daria Nicolodi

Wife
married 1975 separated

Milestones

1999

Directed remake of "The Phantom of the Opera" with daughter Asia and Julian Sands

1998

Announced plans to open the theme Horror Restaurant in Rome

1998

Directed remake of "The Phantom of the Opera", starring daughter Asia and Julian Sands

1994

American directorial debut, "Trauma"

1992

American feature acting debut as paramedic in John Landis's "Innocent Blood"

1985

First English language film (producer and director), "Creepers/Phenomena"

1978

First collaboration (in various production capacities) with American director George Romero, "Dawn of the Dead"

1968

Directorial debut (and screenplay), "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage/L'Uccello dalle Piume di Cristallo"

1968

Co-wrote story (with Bernardo Bertolucci) for Sergio Leone's "Once Upon a Time in the West"

1968

First produced screenplay, "Today It's Me--Tomorrow You/Oggi a Me...Domani a Te!"

1968

First film as co-director, "Probabilita zero"

Worked as film critic for PAESA SERA

Founded own company, Seda Productions

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