Dario Argento is a director who is often described as "the Italian Hitchcock". His films are very typical of the Italian approach that emphasizes poetic images over logical plot development, but he is more effective than most at making poetry out of violence.
Argento's work alternates between giallo and horror. Bloody, choreographed murders committed by Argento's own gloved hands, shown in close-up, are a trademark of his films. A strong Alfred Hitchcock influence is evident in his work, and he also names Fritz Lang, Karl Dreyer and Ingmar Bergman as inspirations. He has collaborated with other filmmakers, including George Romero, with whom he co-wrote Dawn of the Dead (1978). The quality of Argento's work is considered to have declined since around 1990, but you want to see all his films anyway. Oddly, this time period roughly coincides with Opera, an adaptation of Shakespeare's "cursed" Macbeth that Argento believes to have brought him much bad luck.
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