The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

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  • Release Date:  1970
  • Genre:  Crime & Giallo
  • Director:  Dario Argento
  • Screenwriter:  Dario Argento
  • Cast & Crew: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi, Umberto Raho, Renato Romano, Giuseppe Castellano, Mario Adorf, Pino Patti, Gildo Di Marco, Rosita Torosh, Omar Bonaro, Fulvio Mingozzi, Werner Peters, Karen Valenti

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Rating:

  • Ronan = 6 / 10;
  • Dylan = 9 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • IMDB = 7.2 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 8 / 10

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Synopsis:

An American visiting Rome accidentally witness a murder in an art gallery and is forced to remain in the country to help the police catch the killer.

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Review:

The Bird With The Crystal Plumage is the very first movie of Dario Argento, and also the very best story he ever wrote in my opinion (not the best movie though, his directing skills will be perfected later on).

The movie is the essence of giallo: a mysterious gloved killer, a convoluted crime story, the answer at the end, etc. There is almost no gore at all, and for this reason the film could be considered more crime than horror, but that would be forgetting to include the many, really oppressive, pursuits with the killer. It is also relatively slow paced too, with not much action.

Despite all this, one cannot help but keep watching to know who the killer is. Argento does such a great job at creating an hitchcockian suspense here. The movie was directed with style, and many of the shots are superb, especially those in the museums. With its brilliant twist near the end, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage Argento’s best scenario. Actually, I came across many horror fans who consider it as Argento best movie. I personally prefer his more graphic, later movies such as Tenebrae or Opera, but this one is a worthy classic too.


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