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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (original title)
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A witness of an attack, a writer becomes stalked by a serial killer.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Sam Dalmas
... Julia
... Inspector Morosini
... Monica Ranieri
... Alberto Ranieri
... Professor Carlo Dover (as Raf Valenti)
... Monti
... Berto Consalvi
Pino Patti ... Faiena
Gildo Di Marco ... Garullo
... 4th Victim (as Rosa Toros)
Omar Bonaro ... Police Detective
Fulvio Mingozzi ... Police Detective
... Antique Dealer
... Tina, 5th Victim
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In Italy, the American writer Sam Dalmas witnesses an attempt of murder of the owner of an art gallery, Monica Ranieri, a couple of days before returning home. Inspector Morosini, who is in charge of investigating the three previous murderers of the serial-killer, asks for help to Dalmas and takes his passport. Dalmas decides to stay with his girlfriend Julia and to help the police in the investigation. The killer threatens Dalmas and Julia by phone and the police overhears a strange noise in the tape. Soon the serial killer stalks Julia and Damas. Who might be the killer? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Voice: [final lines, voiceover] I can hear it now: "Go to Italy. It's a peaceful country, nothing much ever happens there."
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Argento's first stab is a deep one!
18 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Splendid debut film for Italian horror master Dario Argento that nearly single-handedly launched the giallo genre.

American writer vacationing in Italy prevents a murder at an art gallery, then finds himself a pawn in the killer's deadly game.

Argento, who would go on to make such classic horror films as Deep Red (1975) and Suspiria (1977), shows his directorial talents well with this first film. Argento makes excellent use of such simple elements, like darkness, close up shots, and rustic locations to give this film a wonderfully garish style! He builds tight suspense through out the film, all the while giving us a nicely twisted murder mystery. The mystery is a gripping one, based upon Frederic Brown's novel The Screaming Mimi. The climax of the film is a truly clever twist. Composer Ennio Morricone adds greatly to the films dark atmosphere with his hauntingly beautiful music score. The film also sports one of the best titles of the giallo genre 'The Bird with the Crystal Plumage'.

The films cast does some good performances, the best being sexy Tony Musante as the films hero turned civilian investigator.

A terrific film, that is a must see not just for fans of Argentos work, but for those seeking a great thriller or clever murder mystery.

**** out of ****


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