The Guillotine in Dario Argento's Trauma:An observation.. *SPOILERS!*

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  1. Crystal Plumage

    Crystal Plumage Dig me..but don't bury me

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    I have never before read or heard about it and I doubt Dario has ever mentioned this.
    For those who have never seen Trauma,please don't read the rest of this post...





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    In a scene at the end of the film,after Rydell and Asia are captured and Macaulay Culkin is already in the house,Dario links Piper Laurie to Madame Guillotine.Both "famous" for their beheadings.
    The way Dario films the window and its curtains.It's a strange window indeed...
    I think it's very cool and I'm convinced it's intentional.But as I said,I have never heard or read anything official about it.

    Here it is:

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    On a side note.The first time I watched the movie I already knew Piper Laurie was the killer..Rydell and Asia both as protagonists automatically made Piper Laurie the killer.Such a big name and than to be killed in the first part of the movie?No way!


    Trauma is a very nice Argento movie with a few flaws.But hey,an Italian production without any flaws has yet to be made ;)

    Last year I bought the UK Optimum release and it's a nobrainer.
    It's scenes like the above that make this movie a worthy addition to the Argento collection.

    :cool:
     
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  2. jefff

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    Wow, that's awesome. I never noticed that before. Leave it to Dario to give us little visual suprises to find years after seeing the film.
     
  3. x666x

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    I think that could very well be intentional. Great call.
     
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    Nice one. But it's still not a great film.
     
  5. Crystal Plumage

    Crystal Plumage Dig me..but don't bury me

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    Not Great but it's fun..
     
  6. DeathDealer

    DeathDealer I Inhale Horror

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    US production...

    Still think the ending is poorly done, with the severed head speaking and looking around annoyingly cheap.
     
  7. fart_mike

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    just read grande illusions 2 by tom savini this weekend and he said piper laurie wouldn't have her head cast because of a bad experience and she's claustrophobic, so they had to do with what they had...i think they spun her around in a chair while the camera was held sideways, or something to that effect...
     
  8. Crystal Plumage

    Crystal Plumage Dig me..but don't bury me

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    Yeah,I remember something from Profondo Rosso too..

    Edit:The book that is...
     
  9. youthief

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    I think the setup was intentional because that type of window is called a guillotine window. Coincidentally, guillotine windows were discussed on the TV show This Old House the very night Plumage started this thread.
     
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    You guys are going to ream me for this, but... "Trauma" is the ONLY Argento film that I like all the way through.

    I really appreciate his style, but I'm not a fanatic about him. I've never really understood all the complaints that diehard Argento fans have against this film. Too many of his films are disjointed confusing nonsense (that looks beautiful), but this one actually stands as a good story.

    Let the beatings begin.
     
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    Nice catch! Pretty cool touch.
     
  12. Erick H.

    Erick H. Well-Known Member

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    Never noticed that,clever !
     

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