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It is interesting to look at the extent to which Dario Argento's films are continually being reappraised. While many of his movies from the last two decades have now been elevated to classic or near-classic status, he has not released a film that has been the subject of instantaneous near-universal appeal since Tenebre in 1982; yet, today, people view the likes of Phenomena and Opera in a completely different light, and even the much-maligned The Phantom of the Opera has gained a handful of supporters (or should that be apologists?). However, his latest project, Ti Piace Hitchcock? (Do You Like Hitchcock?), looks set to be a welcome return to the baroque, saturated visuals and outlandish architecture of his work from the late 70s and early 80s.

Due to air on Italian television in Spring 2005, this two-hour project is the first in a proposed series of TV films celebrating the work of the great Alfred Hitchcock. Argento, who has always rejected his reputation as "the Italian Hitchcock", is keen to pay tribute to one of his primary influences, just as he did for Edgar Allen Poe in his 1990 collaboration with George A. Romero, Two Evil Eyes. Referencing such greats as Strangers on a Train, North by Northwest and Rear Window, the film stars Elio Germano, Ivan Morales, Elisabetta Rocchetti and Chiara Conti and focuses on brutal murders, a mysterious conspiracy and forbidden love, photographed by Frederic Fasano in a style highly reminiscent of that of Inferno, considered by many to be Argento's most beautiful film to date.

Although a wide UK theatrical release looks unlikely, Argento and co are planning for DVD to be the film's primary market after it has aired on Italian television. Rest assured that DVD Times will keep you up to date on any breaking developments regarding what looks set to be Argento's most interesting project for years.

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