The Bird with the Crystal Plumage ★★★★½

Original Title: L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo
Year of Release: 1970
Genres: Horror; Mystery; Thriller
Director: Dario Argento
Writer: Dario Argento; Fredric Brown (based on the story)
Main Cast: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi, Umberto Raho, Renato Romano

Dario Argento's feature debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, is one of the most influential giallo films, and also one of its finest. Not only is the plot legitimately intriguing and tense throughout, with occasional moments of humor that are quite welcome, but the way it is put together, not only with its precise and (at the time) bold direction, but also for Storaro's incredible cinematography and use of darkness, and Morricone's score that enhances the nail-biting atmosphere. It felt very much like a proto-Deep Red, and that's probably why I really loved this! Much better and more polished and competent than one might expect from a feature debut from a then-unknown Italian director. Great bloody fun!

Story: 7.5
Directing: 8.5
Cinematography: 8.5
Acting: 7.5
Sound: 8
Visual Effects: 8


Violence & Gore: 8
Sex & Nudity: 4
Drugs & Profanity: 2
Intensity & Horror: 6

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