Suspiria Problems Already!!!

Still from Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, 2018. Photo: Alessio Bolzoni/Amazon Studios.

October 01, 2018 at 9:08am

ANA MENDIETA ESTATE SUES AMAZON STUDIOS OVER COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT

The estate of Ana Mendieta has accused Amazon Studios of copyright infringement in a lawsuit filed in Seattle federal court on Friday, September 28. The legal dispute is over Italian director Luca Guadagnino’s upcoming movie, Suspiria—a remake of a 1977 horror film by Dario Argento that draws heavily from the Cuban American artist’s work.

The complaint specifically references the film’s first trailer—released in June—which depicts scenes that the estate claims are from two of the artist’s works: the photograph Rape Scene, 1973, and the performance Untitled: Silueta Series, Mexico, 1978. The estate sent the streaming giant a cease and desist letter in July and is demanding that Amazon pay damages for using Mendieta’s work without consent. Amazon has since removed the scenes from its subsequent trailers.

While Amazon has not responded to requests for comment, earlier this year Guadagnino, who previously directed the award-winning film Call Me by Your Name, 2017, said in an interview with Yahoo that the original film was “soaked in the ideas of feminist art.” He added that the work of feminist artists such as Gina Pane, Francesca Woodman, Judy Chicago, and Mendieta have helped shape his creative outlook.

“In general, image permissions [for Mendieta’s work] are only granted for art historical contexts such as academic journal articles and informational articles directly related to the artist’s work and practice,” Galerie Lelong & Co., which represents the estate, said in a statement that was provided to Artnews. “Permissions are not granted for commercial reproductions. Barbara Hoffman, the estate’s legal counsel, stated that it is unfortunate that the director, Luca Guadagnino, purports to pay homage to women artists of the ’70s, yet Amazon has forced the estate to bring a lawsuit to redress the damage suffered from the continuing usages of Mendieta’s iconic images in connection with Suspiria.”

Suspiria premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September and received mixed reviews from critics. Following the screening, Amazon apparently showed the film to a representative from the Mendieta estate, who flagged several additional images that were too similar to Mendieta’s works. Since the artist died from injuries related to a fall from her New York apartment in 1985, her sister, Raquelin Mendieta, and her niece, Raquel Cecelia Mendieta, have managed her estate. The artist’s husband, the artist Carl Andre, was tried for her murder and acquitted.

The movie has a US release date of October 26. It will be played in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles and is expected to have a wider release date of November 2.

I’m Suspirious

I don’t know about this. Can we please keep our sacred cinema favorites? Tilda Swinton, yes. Soooooo….maybe?

I guess I’ll just throw on some Goblin and wait for it.

Oh. Here it is right here. On the top of the pile. Because it’s a CLASSIC AND CAN’T BE TOUCHED.

And another thing…Amazon Studios? 😒

Alexa, wikipedia Ebay Studios.

Alexa, what is Etsy Studios?

Alexa, you know they will just use you up and work you like a dog until your voice gets deeper and scratchy from age and not sleeping ever, and then they will just toss you out with the cardboard boxes and plastic bags of air. You know that right?

Thats what they do at Amazon “Studios.” Yep. You’re just a number to them, ‘lexa. And you know what? They don’t even sell anything. Try and get a grip on that one.

Alexa, who do I have to blow to get a role at Amazon Studios?

New Suspiria trailer: Give your soul to the dance

Amazon Studios has released the creepy new trailer for its horror remake Suspiria, starring Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton. Check out the new Suspiria trailer in the player below!

In the film, a darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe’s artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

The cast includes Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin, Doctor Strange), Johnson (Fifty Shades of GreyHow To Be Single), Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-AssThe Miseducation of Cameron Post), Mia Goth (A Cure for Wellness, Everest) and Jessica Harper of the original Suspiria

Call Me by Your Name director Luca Guadagnino steps behind the camera for the remake of Dario Argento’s 1977 classic which features a script by David Kajganich (A Bigger SplashThe Terror). The horror film will have its world premiere at 75th Venice International Film Festival.

RELATED: Suspiria Teaser Trailer Will Give You the Heebie Jeebies

It had been previously reported that actress Tilda Swinton plays two roles in the film, taking on the role of “real life German psychoanalyst” Lutz Ebersdorf who will “make his feature debut” in the film, but Guadagnino confirmed to Yahoo back in February that he will be portrayed by the real Ebersdorf. The score will be composed by legendary singer/songwriter Thom Yorke of Radiohead.

Suspiria will officially debut if it doesn’t suck too bad.

WATCH THE TRAILER HERE.