The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1970)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

Original title:  L’Uccello Dalle Piume di Cristallo

Italy/West Germany, 1970, , .  Screenplay by Dario Argento, based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by Dario Micheli.  Film Editing by Franco Fraticelli

An American writer visiting Rome walks by an art gallery and witnesses a woman being stabbed, blocked from helping her by giant glass doors (in one of the film’s many ingenious sequences) but at least scaring the would-be murderer off and saving the woman from death. The crime is part of a long line of killings of young women in the city, and before long the man is obsessed with finding the criminal and catching him, even though it brings a great deal of danger to him and his beautiful girlfriend (a wonderful ). This debut film by Dario Argento, considered one of the cornerstones of the years of giallo horror films to follow, is probably not going to scare the crap out of anyone who watches it, but the superb plotting and marvelous direction make it a gem to last the ages, while the sequence that justifies the title is outstanding.

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