Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Ep. 29: Suspiria (2018)

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Welcome back to The Wytch Files!  It's been a long time but it's great to be back.  I hope you are all doing well in these crazy times.  For this episode, I review Luca Guadagnino's 2018 Suspiria, a reimagining of the Dario Argento original film of the same name released in 1977.  The film is a feast of dance, choreography, magic and witches with an incredible score by Radiohead's Thom Yorke.  The episode is a hefty piece of audio and musical choreography rich with information and magic.  As usual, BEWARE FOR THERE WILL BE SPOILERS!  You have been warned!

The episode makes mention of multiple topical tidbits and below is a listing of links to further expand on this information.  I hope you enjoy going down the Mutterhaus otherworld!

A trio of brief articles on Dario Argento's thoughts on the new Suspiria:


The Film Stage

Indie For Bunnies

Thomas De Quincey's Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow essay:


Aja Romano's Vox article "How Suspiria turns the color red into a lot point":


Sigmund Freud's paper "The Uncanny" (1919):

The Uncanny

Britt Hayes' article "Sunday Reads: Suspiria - Psychoanalyzing Luca Guadagnino's Rapturous Rebirth of a Horror Classic":


Damien Jalet interviews regarding Suspiria choreography:

Vanity Fair


The Guardian

Richard Cassaro's article on the Masonic Square & Compass:

Masonic Square Compass Symbology

Gunter Berghaus' article regarding Neoplatonic and Pythagorean Notions of World Harmony and Unity:

Dance Research: The Journal of the Society for Dance Research

Karen C. Adams' article "Neoplatonic Aesthetic Tradition in the Arts":

College Music Symposium

Lynn Vivien Hubbard's thesis paper "Bergson, Plotinus and the Harmonics of Evolution:

University of the West of England, Bristol

Video that contains Damien Jalet's "Les Meduses" and other dance pieces performed at the Louvre:

Vimeo - Les Meduses - Louvre

Devil in the Details blog article doing an occult horror analysis of Suspiria:

Hooks, Hair & Blood

Olivier Joyard of Numero interviews Tilda Swinton interview with some Suspiria content:

Numero - Tilda

Miranda Corcoran's blog post review of Suspiria (2018):

A Middle-Aged Witch - Suspiria

Jordan Crucchiola's article about Suspiria's "Black Sabbath" scene:


Ian Marcks article "Suspiria: Season of the Witch":

American Cinematographer

Gunseli Yalcinkaya's article regarding Suspiria's set designs:


Alexandra Heller-Nicholas' article "Three Mothers Redux":

Senses of Cinema

Vera Maletic - Body-Space-Expression: The Development of Rudolf Laban's Movement and Dance Concepts:


Video: Pina Bausch's "Viktor":


Books that inspired Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria:


Hubert Vigilla's articles "Deep Analysis: Luca Guadagnino's Suspiria Remake:

Flixist - Part 1

Flixist - Part 2

Choreographer Pina Bausch information:

Pina Bausch Foundation

The New Yorker

Choreographer Sasha Waltz information:


Sasha Waltz & Guests


Choreographer Martha Graham information:

Martha Graham Dance Company

PBS - American Masters


Martha Graham's autobiography which I highly recommend if you can find it:

Blood Memory

Choreographer Mary Wigman information:

The Guardian

Journal article


Journal article - Restaging Hysteria

Director Rainer Maria Fassbinder - 10 essential films by Alex Davidson:


Cuban Artist Ana Mendieta:

The Heroine Collective

Nina Renata Aron - Timeline




Galerie LeLong & Co

The music featured in this episode is provided by Free Music ArchiveMusopen and YouTube Audio Library:

The Long Way Back by Antonio Bizarro

Anxiety by Kai Engel

Cosmic Relevance by Unheard Music Concepts

Sopor by Kai Engel

By Night by Ayla Nereo

Bonteka by Ayla Nereo

Sleepless by Unheard Music Concepts

Somnolence by Kai Engel

Great Expectations by Kai Engel

Adieu au Piano by Ludwig van Beethoven

Wiener Klange Im Walzertakt Mit by Johann Strauss I

Lucerna by Sergey Cheremisinov

Breath of Death, Part I by Sergey Cheremisinov

Chance by Kai Engel

Imminence by Kai Engel

Breath of Death, Part II by Sergey Cheremisinov

Wiegenlied (Lullaby, Cradle Song) by Johannes Brahms

Please be sure to check out the attached playlist for some great videos connected to Suspiria and for selections of Thom Yorke's Suspiria soundtrack.

Theme music X-Files Theme Parody by Mallon Khan
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