The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Dario Argento (1969)

18 Certificate


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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.


A writer witnesses a mysterious man trying to kill a woman, but a mechanical door leaves him unable to intervene. He discovers the attacker is a serial killer currently at large in the city, and becomes obsessed with bringing him to justice - which leads to him being stalked by the maniac in turn. Horror, the debut of director Dario Argento, starring Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall and Eva Renzi. In Italian.

Cast & Crew

Sam Dalmas Tony Musante
Julia Suzy Kendall
Monica Eva Renzi
Morosini Enrico Maria Salerno
Berto Mario Adorf
Dover Renato Romano
Ranieri Umberto Rano
Director Dario Argento
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Language: Italian +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: Anglo American Film Corp LtdGuidance: Contains some violence.Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray