The Bird with the Crystal PlumageDirector: Dario Argento, Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Eva Renzi
This trend-setting thriller put its director, Dario Argento, on the international map and began a flood of imitative mystery-horror hybrids which dominated Italian genre output in the early 1970s. Tony Musante, best known for the television series Toma, portrays an American who witnesses the murder of a woman at a trendy Rome art gallery. Before long, Musante finds himself targeted by a mysterious killer. Based on a story by Byron Edgar Wallace, Bird and hints at the flamboyance which would become Argento's trademark. This and Argento's subsequent two films Il Gatto a Nove Code and Quattro Mosche di Velluto Grigio were much less horror-oriented than his later work.
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|Tony Musante||Sam Dalmas|
|Enrico Maria Salerno||Morosini|
|Dario Argento||Black jacketed killer|
|Ennio Morricone||Score Composer|
|Roberto Pariante||Asst. Director|
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Now i'm about as much of an Argento fan that you'll find now a days, especially of my age. But this one just didn't do it for me. it began decent but it eventually dragged. YOu can definetly tell that Argento would become something special from his style but it's not a good choice for people who are just getting into the man.
Of all the Italian horror directors, it's Argento who's at the top of the heap. His movies are some of the most visually stunning movies (regardless of genre) that you'll ever see. And his plot hooks, while often obtuse, are always compelling. This movie is not an exception to the rule. I can't tell you much about it without going into spoiler territory, but I can recommend THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE without reservation.