Suspiria : The Origin

The title of movie comes from Suspiria de Profundis, one of the best knows work of Thomas de Quincey, published in 1845. It is a Latin phrase which literally means ‘sighs from the depths.’ Quincey wrote Confessions of an English Opium Eater about his visions and experiences after consuming Opium. Suspiria de Proundis was considered to be its sequel as it was of same genre and visionary experiences.

The book is divided into several sections or fragments, as it was published. In one of sections called ‘Levana and Our Ladies of Sorrow’ it is described that there are three Sorrows – Mater Lacrymarum, Mater Suspiriorum, and Mater Tenebrarum.

Mater Lacrymarum - Mother of Tears,
Mater Suspiriorum - Mother of Sighs
Mater Tenebrarum - Mother of Darkness

Mater Suspiriorum is the oldest and also the wisest among all three. In the movie her name is given as Helena Markos. She was the author of many books of occults and exiled from many European countries. She founded the dance academy in the forest near Freiburg, which later became famous. Due to the growing suspicion among locals about her true nature, she faked her death. Markos, in the movie, possessed power of invisibility and telekinesis.

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