The Chicago Cinema Society has just announced that they have found an uncut Italian 35MM print of Dario Argento’s horror classic Suspiria! According to them, they managed to procure this version, “…from an Italian cinema that had closed down and the print had gone untouched in their storage area since 1977/78.”
The Society explained the following:
“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. Once we had the print in our film archive, we then made a very careful inspection to determine which version of Suspiria we had obtained. 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.”
The Chicago Cinema Society will be taking the print on tour throughout the United States in late-summer and throughout the fall. Here are the confirmed tour dates:
7/28: The Metrograph, New York City, NY
9/16: The Belcourt Theatre, Nashville, TN
Early Fall: Venue confirmed and TBA, Los Angeles, CA
10/14: Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA
10/26+27: Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA
Late Fall: Music Box Theatre, Chicago, IL
To keep up-to-date with screenings, you can follow the Chicago Cinema Society through their official website.
Now, before anyone asks, Chicago Cinema Society already approached Don May over at Synapse regarding their 4k restoration. They were told that Synapse has, “…all of the film elements that they need for their upcoming digital restoration.” So while this is an amazing find, it’s not going to get a home video release anytime soon. That means you should definitely check it out the moment it comes to your area!
Below are videos and photos taken from a screening.