Here's an admission: Luca Guadagnino's earned my trust for life with the one/two punch of A Bigger Splash and Call Me By Your Name. Both are haunting, gorgeous pieces of cinema that showcase an artist at the top of his game, ready to take on any and all material with his unique stamp. He's also really good at filming people dancing, which is a huge plus.
So, while I used to be dreading his upcoming Suspiria remake, now I'm all for it, especially the dancing part. Where Dario Argento's original is a psychedelic fever dream of epic proportions - complete with the greatest score Goblin even wrote and recorded - Guadagnino's will almost certainly be a different beast entirely, with its own idiosyncratic sonics (provided by Radiohead wild man Thom Yorke).
Thankfully, Guadagnino keeps saying all the right things about the project. His latest quote to The Guardian (while doing press for CMBYN) re-iterates that this film has been a part of him since his teenage years:
“Every movie I make is a step inside my teenage dreams, and Suspiria is the most remarkably precise teenage megalomaniac dream I could have had. I saw the poster when I was 11 and then I saw the film when I was 14, and it hit me hard. I immediately started to dream about making my own version of it. So in a way it makes me smile when I hear people say, ‘How dare you remake Suspiria. Typical commerce-driven mentality.’ I was just a boy who had seen a movie that made him what he became. So that’s how I am approaching it: a homage to the incredible, powerful emotion I felt when I saw it."
An "homage to the emotion" sounds so intriguing, and pairs well with his notion that different authors can tell the same stories in new and fascinating ways:
“Do you stop watching Tristan und Isolde‘s mise-en-scène because Patrice Chéreau’s was so incredible? No, there will be a new one that will be fantastic. How many Hamlet(s) have we experienced in our lifetimes that were fantastic? Human art is not about inventing originality, it’s about finding a new point of view."
Alright. I'm convinced. Now just give me the damn movie, Amazon, so Guadagnino can move on to the next four movies he's making in 2018.
Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria stars Tilda Swinton, Dakota Johnson, Mia Goth, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lutz Ebersdorf and Jessica Harper, and will release sometime in 2018.