Sunday, 26 November 2006

Poe / Argento

"It has often been asserted that there are [...] two Poes; the writer of tales of imagination, where the irrational reigns supreme, and the writer of mystery tales whose cardinal emphasis is on the operation of the reasoning faculties."

- John S. Whitly, Introduction to the Wordsworth Classics edition of Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Mystery and Imagination

I thought this was interesting in relation to the logic of Argento's gialli and the illogic of his horror films and, that - as Whitly argues for Poe - they are maybe ultimately one and the same, confounding the linear, rational, scientific mindset.

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