Luca Guadagnino Breaks Down a Pivotal Suspiria Moment

How did Susie jump so high? And why does she want to be the company's hands? The director reveals all.

by | November 13, 2018 | Comments

“Higher!” commands Madame Blanc, played by Tilda Swinton, as she instructs new company dancer Susie (Dakota Johnson) in the mirrored room that plays such a key role in Suspiria. This crucial scene from Luca Guadagnino’s horror remake physicalizes a number of key power shifts that lie at the black heart of the auteur’s latest film – and it provided more than a few technical challenges for the filmmaker as he worked to execute it. Guadagnino spoke with Rotten Tomatoes in detail about how he achieved the illusion of Susie leaping to almost impossible heights, how his camera swirls about the mirrored room completely unseen, and the intricate relationship dynamics between the dance master and her increasingly powerful pupil.

Suspiria is in theaters now

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