A tacky figurine, a nosy American and a mysterious slasher. Argento's directorial debut.
Oct 28, 2009
Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante) is an American living in Italy. One day he comes across the near slaying of a woman named Julia (Suzy Kendall). A mysterious figure clad in black is seen running away from the scene. Sam saves the woman's life but is shocked by what he just witnessed. The murder attempt is part of a series of serial killings that have been committed around town. Instead of leaving well enough alone, Sam decides to play detective and searches around town for clues, What he discovers will baffle the mind. Can Sam stop the killer before he decides to murder again? Who is behind the slayings and why is this film called The Bird With the Crystal Plumage?
Dario Argento's directorial debut is also a shocker. A creepy and suspense giallo that will keep you on the edge of your chair. I really enjoy his direction, nifty camera work, use of lighting, quick cut editing and music. Tony Musante is okay as Sam Dalmas, the actor and director did not get along with each other. The two had a very tense relationship on the set. Argento felt that he didn't understand his character or appreciate his style of filmmaking. A tightly made film with stylish murder set pieces that would be a trademark of his future films. A masterful debut from a director who showed his talent and creativity behind the camera. If you like giallos and Italian horror movies then you'll definitely want to get your hands on this one.
**** out of **** "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" was the directorial debut of the great Dario Argento; a filmmaker from Italy who primarily enjoyed working in the horror and thriller genres. He didn't often branch out, but he was always willing. However, be it a drama, a comedy, or a darned action movie that he makes next; the man will always be known for the kinds of films that he made and made well. My personal favorite out of all Argento's features is "Deep Red". His … more