The Bird with the Crystal Plumage(L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo)

  • Dir: Dario Argento

  • Italy/West Germany, 1970, Italian, 96mins, DCP

  • Cast: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno

Credited with popularising the Italian giallo genre, Dario Argento’s directoral debut, the first film of his acclaimed Animal Trilogy, earned him the reputation as the Italian Hitchcock. A reworking of Fredric Brown’s murder mystery novel The Screaming Mimi, the film follows an American writer who becomes obsessed with chasing a serial murderer after witnessing one of the attacks. It’s easy to see how Argento’s immensely entertaining, psychologically gripping and sometimes wickedly funny whodunit is a clear influence on the slasher genre that Hollywood integrated into its mainstream years later.


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