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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

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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A Jack-the-Ripper type story...with a twist! See more »


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12 June 1970 (USA)  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Language: It's never explained whether Dalmas speaks fluent Italian, or whether all the Italians (including the imprisoned pimp) speak fluent English. Furthermore, while all of the featured magazines, newspapers, street signs are in Italian, some letters and the computer print-out at the forensics lab is for some reason in English. See more »

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Inspector Morosini: Right! Bring in the perverts!
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Argento's first giallo. Interesting and packs a great ending
9 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

Dario Argento has come a long way since his first giallo. With classics such as Deep Red, Suspiria and Tenebrae under his belt he is often recognised as Italy's greatest horror director (rightly so). His style that he uses in all his movies is very noticeable here. The excellent score, long tracking shots, bloody murders and the shocking twist at the end. Although Bird with the Crystal Plumage is not as gruesome as his others and the twist not as shocking, he had to start somewhere.

Sam, an American writer in Rome witnesses the stabbing of woman in an art gallery but is powerless to help as he is trapped between two glass doors. The woman survives though, and the police tell Sam she is the first surviving victim of a serial killer. The police keep Sam in Rome which annoys him quite a bit but he soon starts to investigate after someone tries to kill him.

Bird with the Crystal Plumage, although not his best work, is still an intriguing and well-made movie. The acting is good, the score excellent and the twist sure surprised me! This is highly recommended for Argento fans.

4/5


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