Friday, April 25, 2008

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) - ITLAY

L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo, also called The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, is a "giallo" suspense thriller directed by Dario Argento (his directorial debut) and released in 1970.

Plot : 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.

The strength of the film though lies in its suspense, which is almost unbeatable. It rivals any of Hitchcock's works, to which it is repeatedly compared. This is one rare jewel of an intelligent thriller that was also the break-through effort for people like Dario Argento, the director and scriptwriter, Vittorio Storaro, the director of photography, and last but not least Ennio Morricone who composed the soundtrack. There are great performances by a cast of lesser known European actors who did not make it big but are great in this one. An excellent breakthrough film for director Dario Argento with a magnificent use of space and a great Ennio Morricone score. The movie will keep you glued to your seat and surprise with an absolutely unexpected twist at the end.

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1 comment:

Curruption said...

This was a great horror movies collection... i love horror movies. Thanks for the recommendtaion.