Synopsis: A young opera singer (Betty) gets her big chance when the previous star of a production of Verdi's Macbeth is run over by a car. Convinced the opera is bad luck she accepts, and becomes the target (in Argento's unmistakable style) of a psychopath - a man she has been dreaming of since childhood.
Director(s): Dario Argento
Production: Blue Underground
  4 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min

No! I can't concentrate.

Please, maestro, i'm sorry,

but I can't carry on like this.

Let's take it from number 37.

Oh, my god! No, no!

Maestro, please let's take it


Stop! Stop!

I can't stand it anymore!

It's ridiculous. Poor

thing. Are you hurt?

It's ridiculous! This

is Macbeth by Giuseppe Verdi!

I've never seen

such lousy direction.

We have a problem?

Yes, you!

This isn't one of your crummy movies! Birds

on stage, back projection, laser beams!

What is this?

An opera or amusement park?

I have to sing! How can I do that

with a raven on stage that hates me?

I can't imagine why

it should hate you, Mara.

Neither can i! But it never

takes its beady eyes off me.

It shrieks, whistles,

flaps its wings.

It's deliberately destroying my

performance! It's just a bird.

Yes, and birds should be with other

birds and not in the opera singingmacbeth!

Where is my manager?

I'm here, Mara.

I am going back to the hotel.

Come on, Mara.

Please, don't be like this.

I'll rest till 7:00. I shall

be ready to sing at 8:00.

Ready to sing, without ravens or

any other nonsense. A real opera!

What do we do now?

Oh, carry on

with the rehearsal.

If something like this happens

again, i'll take my ravens and leave.

Okay. Maestro?

Please, please.

We'll take it

from the

Thanks to you and your so-called

brilliant and original direction!

Ladies and gentlemen,

the great Mara Giacova...

Has been knocked down

by a car!

Is she badly hurt?

Call an ambulance. Hurry!

What a disaster!

What are we gonna do?


Is that you, betty?

Yes. Tonight you make

your debut as Lady Macbeth.


Are you happy?

Who's speaking?

Is this a joke?




Come on, betty, come on.

Get ready.

In exactly one hour,

you've got to be on stage.

Mara Giacova has had

an accident. Here.

Someone already called.

I thought it was a joke.

Why are you crying? Are you

scared of making your debut?

No! But Lady Macbeth. I'm too

young. My voice isn't right.

You'll be a smash hit.

I'm afraid I won't reach

some of the notes.

Trust me. I'm not only

your agent, i'm your friend.

I know what you're going through.

Just opening-night nerves.

Don't let them show.

They're all coming to see you.

Don't show them how

"inconfident" you are, okay?


Well, my dear Betty,

are we ready?

Mara's unfortunate accident is going

to speed you towards your destiny.

Tonight you will make

your debut in Verdi's Macbeth.

Do I see tears?

Tears of happiness, I hope.

Don't tell me you're afraid.

Afraid you'll fail?

I'm too young

for the role.

Verdi's first Lady Macbeth

was only 17.

Anyway, you know the opera by heart.

I watched you at all rehearsals

working so hard preparing yourself...

As though you were the star

and not the understudy.

Don't worry about the orchestra. They'll

only need half an hour's rehearsal. Excellent.

Come on. Stop it!

This is your big chance.

I know.

Think of your mother, how happy

and proud she would have been...

To see you in a great opera

following her career.

If people like you, next you'll

sing in New York and Salzburg.

What happened to Mara?

She got hit by a car,

or so I heard.

Ah, you are listening to

Prokofsky's recording of Macbeth.

Did you know it was

a production of ours?

It's the opera.

Macbeth brings bad luck.

What are you talking about? Everyone

says it. Macbeth brings bad luck.

It's a great opera, but I would much

rather make my debut in something else.

Don't let Patini hear

you say that. It's true!

Shut up! So you think this

opera brings bad luck, hmm?

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Dario Argento

Dario Argento (Italian: [ˈdaːrjo arˈdʒɛnto]; born 7 September 1940) is an Italian film director, producer and screenwriter. He is best known for his work in the horror film genre, particularly in the subgenre known as giallo, and for his influence on modern horror movies. more…

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