While Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake will be heading our way sometime soon, some far more exciting news regarding Dario Argento’s operatic horror classic has emerged. The Chicago Cinema Society has made a quite incredible discovery, having unearthed a rare, original 35mm print of the complete, 98-minute cut of the film in the vaults of a closed-down Italian cinema. They will be taking the print on tour around the US, beginning in New York on July 28th. The Italian print will be screened with projected English subtitles.
“The print was rescued from an Italian cinema that had closed down and the print had gone untouched in their storage area since 1977/78,” came the CCS’s announcement. “After a brief inspection to assess the overall condition of the print, it appears as if it had only been screened a handful of times at most. The print is in excellent physical condition with no substantial wear, uncut heads and tails, minimal fading and no vinegar syndrome.”
They added, “We were stunned to find that the print is a completely uncut 6-reel print with a run time of 98 minutes in Italian language.”
Meanwhile, Synapse Films are currently in the process of restoring Suspiria for their upcoming Blu-ray.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)