Early Pittsburgh Photography - When Dario Argento Came to Town -
With the passing of Pittsburgh's one and only George Romerolast year, I was reminded of the time George collaborated with Italy's gorey equivalent, Dario Argento. The production was called Two Evil Eyes. It was kind of a gore film classic of Dario Argento's "Black Cat", with Harvey Keitel and Madeleine Potter, coupled with George Ramero's "The Facts in the Case of Mr. Valdemar", with Adrienne Barbeau and Ramy Zada.
I was lucky enough to be the stills photographer on this adventure with two demented geniuses, and I've never forgotten the experience. Dario was a tormented artist in that his creative ideas changed suddenly at some point every day. This was often brought on by an exasperated grumbling in Italian, usually said under his breath as he paced to find the English translation while seeming to flick some unseen goo from his fingers. (I'm told it's the Italian way.)
It wasn't just the difference in languages, but the struggle artists often have in describing what they see in their minds and then conveying the vision to those that can make it appear. It was like watching one of those rusty gum ball machines at shopping centers when I was a kid. I practically held my mother at gun point for a damn dime, just for the anticipation of watching the coin slowly crank its way through to the release - and only when it was time did the gum ball make itself accessible. It was always worth the wait.
This was something we came to understand, once we all had the chance to be under Dario's gorey, kinetic, genius. We soon came to understand that we were ALL along for the ride, the day Dario Argento came to town. And it was worth the wait.