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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
"L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo" (original title)

GP  -  Mystery | Thriller  -  12 June 1970 (USA)
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A writer is stalked by a serial killer after witnessing a murder attempt on one woman's life.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Musante ...
Sam Dalmas
Suzy Kendall ...
Julia
Enrico Maria Salerno ...
Inspector Morosini
Eva Renzi ...
Monica Ranieri
Umberto Raho ...
Alberto Ranieri
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Professor Carlo Dover (as Raf Valenti)
Giuseppe Castellano ...
Monti
Mario Adorf ...
Berto Consalvi
Pino Patti ...
Faiena
Gildo Di Marco ...
Garullo
Rosita Torosh ...
4th Victim (as Rosa Toros)
Omar Bonaro ...
Police Detective
Fulvio Mingozzi ...
Police Detective
Werner Peters ...
Antique Dealer
Karen Valenti ...
Tina, 5th Victim
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Sam, an American writer in Rome, witnesses a murder attempt on the wife of the owner of an art gallery by a sinister man in a raincoat and black leather gloves - but Sam is powerless to do anything as he gets trapped between a double set of glass doors in going to her aid. The woman survives, and the police say that she is the first surviving victim of a notorious serial killer. But when they fail to make any progress with the case, Sam decides to investigate on his own, turning up several clues that point in the direction of just one possible suspect - assuming that he really knows who he's looking for... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Director trademark: [Dario Argento] Character recalls clues from memory. See more »

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At one point when being questioned by the police, Sam proclaims that he would like to speak to his consulate. However, as the story takes place in Rome, which is Italy's capital city, it would be more correct to say that he would like to speak to someone from his embassy. See more »

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Inspector Morosini: Bring out the perverts!
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Brilliant early Argento
26 January 2005 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

The first film that fully credits Dario Argento as the sole director turned out a compelling murder-mystery, stylishly completed with an excellent score, sublime photography and gripping moments of suspense. In other words, an authentic giallo like only a real Italian master can deliver them! As it is common standard in this type of horror films, the actual climax (usually this means the killer's identity and motives) is slightly inferior to the creation of setting and atmosphere. Yet, in this adaptation of Wallace's novel the plot twists are credible and the finale is satisfying. The story focuses on an American novelist who moved to Italy due to a severe writer's block. One night, he witnesses an attempted knife-murder in an art gallery. Even though he and his girl are becoming the main target of the serial killer at large, our hero finds himself to be more and more obsessed with the tracking down the murderer. Dario Argento is known especially for his violent and explicit horror titles, but this first film of his completely depends good old fashioned suspense and involvement. You almost get the feeling that the killer is on YOUR tale. The comparison between Argento and Alfred Hitchcock surely isn't exaggerated…at least not when it comes to "Bird with the Crystal Plumage. Really all aspects about it are impressive. Even the dialogue and acting, normally critical letdowns in Italian horror productions, are convincing. The film is given the finishing touch by a few extremely ingenious details like an eccentric, cat-eating painter and a stuttering pimp! Viva la giallo!!


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