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L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo
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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage -- A writer is stalked by a serial killer after witnessing a murder attempt on one woman's life.

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Release Date:
12 June 1970 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
All the screaming in the world won't help! See more »
Plot:
A writer is stalked by a serial killer after witnessing a murder attempt on one woman's life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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(13 articles)
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User Reviews:
Brilliant early Argento See more (87 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Tony Musante ... Sam Dalmas
Suzy Kendall ... Julia
Enrico Maria Salerno ... Inspector Morosini
Eva Renzi ... Monica Ranieri
Umberto Raho ... Alberto Ranieri

Renato Romano ... 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
Carla Mancini ... Girl watching TV
Bruno Erba ... Police Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dario Argento ... Murderer's Hands (uncredited)
Angelo Casadei ... Passerby (uncredited)
Nestore Cavaricci ... Fruit vendor (uncredited)
Giovanni Di Benedetto ... Professor Rinaldi (uncredited)
Alfonso Giganti ... Paramedical at incident (uncredited)
Silvio Klein ... Policeman (uncredited)
Reggie Nalder ... Needles, Yellow Jacket Assassin (uncredited)
Annamaria Spogli ... Sandra Roversi, 3rd Victim (uncredited)
Maria Tedeschi ... Old Lady in Fog (uncredited)

Directed by
Dario Argento 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dario Argento 
Fredric Brown  novel "The Screaming Mimi" (uncredited)

Produced by
Salvatore Argento .... producer
Artur Brauner .... executive producer: CCC Filmkunst (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ennio Morricone 
 
Cinematography by
Vittorio Storaro 
 
Film Editing by
Franco Fraticelli 
 
Production Design by
Dario Micheli 
 
Costume Design by
Dario Micheli 
 
Makeup Department
Giuseppe Ferranti .... makeup artist (as Pino Ferrante)
Lidia Puglia .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Rudolf Hertzog .... production manager (as Rudolph Hertzog Jr.)
Umberto Sambuco .... production supervisor
Camillo Teti .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roberto Pariante .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Luciano Anzellotti .... sound effects
Massimo Anzellotti .... sound effects editor
Alberto Bartolomei .... sound mixer
Carlo Diotavelli .... sound
Eugenio Fiori .... boom operator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Muova Dial .... still photographer
Enrico Umetelli .... camera operator
Arturo Zavattini .... camera operator
 
Editorial Department
Cesarina Casini .... first assistant editor
Sergio Fraticelli .... second assistant editor
Neri Nazzareno .... final colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bruno Nicolai .... conductor
 
Other crew
Lida Chitarrini .... script girl
Roberto Pietti .... dialogue director
Robert Rietty .... dialogue director
Angelo Tavazzi .... administrator
Luciano Vittori .... title designer
Anna Eugeni .... voice dubbing: Suzy Kendall (uncredited)
Adriano Micantoni .... voice dubbing: Mario Adriano (uncredited)
Gigi Pirarba .... voice dubbing: Tony Musante (uncredited)
Silvano Tranquilli .... voice dubbing: Raf Valenti (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo" - Italy (original title)
"The Gallery Murders" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK (alternative title)
"Point of Terror" - USA (alternative title)
"The Phantom of Terror" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
98 min | Argentina:105 min | Germany:101 min | Netherlands:92 min | USA:96 min | Finland:97 min (1972) | Belgium:108 min (VHS version)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 | France:-12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1971) | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:16 (1971) | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 (cut) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2005) | UK:18 (video rating) (1983) | USA:PG | USA:Not Rated (DVD rating) | USA:GP (original rating) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
At one point an executive producer wanted Dario Argento removed from the production when he was disappointed by a screening of some dailies. When Argento's father Salvatore Argento went to the exec's office to talk to him he found the exec's secretary visibly shaken. When he asked the secretary what was troubling her she said she saw the screening and the footage terrified her. Salvatore Argento then asked her to go tell her boss about her reaction to the screening. She convinced the executive to keep Dario Argento on as director.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: At Wilkinson foundation near the beginning of the movie, the silhouette of a cameraman can be seen in the displays glass.See more »
Quotes:
Inspector Morosini:Bring out the perverts!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror (2000) (TV)See more »

FAQ

What significance does the title "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage" have in relation to the film?
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15 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant early Argento, 26 January 2005
Author: Coventry from the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls

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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