The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

  • 15
  • Dario Argento (1969)
  • It / W Ger (SUB)
  • 91 min
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Who is the new Jack the Ripper holding Rome in a grip of terror? American author Tony Musante knows he's witnessed a vital clue to the chilling conundrum - but what is it exactly? Dario Argento's giallo trendsetter (giallo, or "yellow", being a term for all Italian thrillers more concerned with the modus operandi of the bloody murders than their whodunnit aspect) is a glossy, stylistic, cosmopolitan and jagged mystery firmly entrenched in Hitchcockian paranoia. A seminal work, it shows Argento's visual flair for horrific set pieces and introduced the trademark themes he would develop in such subsequent violent nightmares as Suspiria and Opera.

Plot Summary

Suspense thriller starring Tony Musante and Suzy Kendall. An American writer in Rome witnesses the latest in a series of murders of women, and becomes drawn into the case.

Cast and crew

Cast

Sam Dalmas
Tony Musante
Julia
Suzy Kendall
Monica
Eva Renzi
Morosini
Enrico Maria Salerno
Berto
Mario Adorf
Dover
Renato Romano
Ranieri
Umberto Rano

Crew

Director
Dario Argento

Other Information

Language: 
Italian +subtitles
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Anglo American Film Corp Ltd
Guidance: 
Contains some violence.
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate 15
Distributor:
Twentieth Century Fox Home Ent
Categories
Drama