Dir. Dario Argento (1976).
A naïve American (wide-eyed Jessica Harper) arrives in Germany to study ballet at a deco-mod cum secessionist-bordello institute administered by two scary harridans, ferociously smiling Alida Valli and ‘40s noirista Joan Bennett, channeling Edie the Egg Lady. A splendid extended finale unwraps the school’s secrets in a light show of lysergic apparitions and exploding chandeliers, although Dario Argento’s rhapsodic gore-fest only makes sense to the eye and even then.

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This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on September 8, 2009

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