Tenebrae is a 1982 Italian horror thriller film written and directed
by Dario Argento. The film stars Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon, and
Daria Nicolodi. After having experimented with two exercises in pure
supernatural horror, Suspiria (1977) and Inferno (1980), Tenebrae
represented Argento's return to the giallo form, a sub-genre he had
helped popularize in the 1970s. The story concerns an American writer
promoting his latest murder-mystery novel in Rome, only to get
embroiled in the search for a serial-killer who has apparently been
inspired to kill by the novel. The film was released in Italy and
throughout most of Europe without experiencing any reported censorship
problems, but was classified, prosecuted, and banned as a Video Nasty
in the United Kingdom. Its theatrical distribution in the United
States was delayed until 1984, when it was released in a heavily
censored version under the title Unsane. In its cut form, Tenebrae
received a mostly negative critical reception, but in recent years the
original, fully restored version has become widely available for
reappraisal. The film has been described as "Argento’s last real
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Philip VI of France was crowned at Notre-Dame de Reims, beginning the
Italian unification: Giuseppe Garibaldi and his Redshirts launched
their attack on Palermo, capital of the Two Sicilies.
The flying boat NC-4 arrived in Lisbon, Portugal, becoming the first
aircraft to complete a transatlantic flight.
The Golden Gate Bridge, a suspension bridge spanning the Golden Gate
in California, was opened.
Operation Anthropoid: Czech resistance fighters in Nazi-occupied
Prague ambushed and mortally wounded Reinhard Heydrich, the chief of
Reich Security Main Office and the Protector of Bohemia and Moravia.
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