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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oldcastle Books (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842433180
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842433188
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.1 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,649,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Gracey has written for Alternative Ulster, Culture Northern Ireland, Film Ireland, and Paracinema.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Gustafson on July 10, 2010
Format: Paperback
Dario Argento by James Gracey is a wonderful resource for all of us Argentophiles. It includes a brief biographical background on him but the book focuses on every single film Argento worked on. All of em. Including the films he produced! Included is a complete listing of the actors,writers,producers etc, a detailed synopsis, background on the production, comments, style/technical details, music, themes, and a final verdict FOR EVERY FILM. It's incredible. The amount of detail, information and analysis is astounding. Beyond that the book is a treasure trove of info on his filmography I had no idea about. Did you know that Argento did an Italy only comedy after Cat of Nine Tails? I didn't! Its always a pleasure to learn more about the films you love and the directors you admire. If you appreciate Dario Argento, the godfather of the giallo, do yourself a favor. Pick up James Gracey's book. And while you're at it, check out his website[...]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Krall on August 12, 2011
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I got this for the Kindle and am really glad I did. Though I was already very familiar with the films of Argento, this book gave me a quick refresher course. It also gave some nice tidbits about the production of the movies (both the ones he directed as well as produce).

This obviously has some of the author's opinions on the movies so be prepared to groan in disagreement. That being said, the book is a handy reference for Italian horror fans. It gives technical information, commentary, background, etc. It's not as detailed as some of the other books on Argento but that's okay. I prefer quick and to-the-point books like this one.

Recommended for casual as well as hardcore Argento fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on May 7, 2013
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I've been an Argento fan for a long time, so this book is one of my favorites. Great for fans or for film enthusiasts interested in learning more about horror.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LC on April 13, 2013
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Really comprehensive and insightful guide, would highly recommend it!Excellent overall insight into his complete works(even the tv films)and written in a very engaging manner, with a very interesting introduction.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By B. Wells on July 2, 2010
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For the many filmgoers familiar with Italian horror, Dario Argento is a revered name, a standard-bearer of high style, lush cinematography, gory deaths, and edge-of-your-seat suspense. While the quality of his movie outings may have ebbed and flowed over the course of his 40+ year career, his true fans are seldom deterred by bad reviews. I've been taken to task more than once over my reviews of "Cat o'Nine Tails", which even Mr. Argento considers his least favorite film. However, in James Gracey's aptly titled "Dario Argento" from Kamera Books, I learned enough about "Cat" to stimulate my interest and actually make me want to see it again. Obviously a huge Argento fan (and one of Italian horror, as well) Gracey has produced a slender, gracefully written volume that briefly scans the filmmaker's early life before zooming in on each of Argento's films, as well as his various other projects. Each film is well-documented with interesting facts, conveniently divided into (mostly) eight areas: synopsis, background, comments, style, themes, music, trivia, and verdict. Also included are the casts and crews, providing further enlightenment to those of us interested in this particular genre. Gracey's enthusiasm for his subject and his output is contagious, and so well organized and thoughtfully presented, that it prompted me to not only revisit "Cat", but also to check out some of Argento's other work that I had previously written off due to bad word of mouth. Overall, a fast, fascinating read for movie fans and aspiring filmmakers, alike.
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