L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage)
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L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage)
This trend-setting thriller put its director, Dario Argento, on the international map and began a flood of imitative mystery-horror hybrids which dominated Italian genre output in the early 1970s. Tony Musante, best known for the television series Toma, portrays an American who witnesses the murder of a woman at a trendy Rome art gallery. Before long, Musante finds himself targeted by a mysterious killer. Based on a story by Byron Edgar Wallace, Bird and hints at the flamboyance which would become Argento's trademark. This and Argento's subsequent two films Il Gatto a Nove Code and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Dario Argento's undistinguished Italian thriller was an unexpected hit in 1969, thanks largely, one suspects, to some violent scenes that were unusually graphic for their time."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Its scares are on a much more basic level than in, say, a thriller by Hitchcock. It works mostly by exploiting our fear of the dark."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A watchable serial murderer-search movie, even if not the stuff of cult status."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Those familiar with Argento's films should be able to see the groundwork that was being laid for later classics like "Deep Red" in this one."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
"Short on ideas."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Now king of the spaghetti slasher, Argento made his directorial debut with this tightly constructed thriller."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A smart, cosmopolitan, thoroughly modern whodunit comprised of geometric visuals and pulsating sexual violence."
‑ Jamie Graham, Total Film
"Vivid mayhem"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Argento's decision to focus more on tense plot twists and less on gore (there's relatively little here) gives this an audience beyond the usual hardcore horror fan."
‑ , Film4
"Dario Argento came into his own with this outstanding widescreen Italian suspense flick in which an American writer witnesses a murder through a huge plate glass window."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"[It] has the energy to support its elaborateness and the decency to display its devices with style. Something from each of its better models has stuck, and it is pleasant to rediscover old horrors in such handsome new décor."
‑ , New York Times
"A glossy, stylistic, cosmopolitan and jagged mystery firmly entrenched in Hitchcockian paranoia."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"One of the most self-assured debuts of all time, a work so certain in its conception and execution that almost 40 years later I'd still quickly rank it as one of Argento's finest."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"A heart-stopping horror melodrama with excellent acting from all involved."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"... the story is only a structure for Argento to spin his painstakingly choreographed visions of violence and terror with a fluid camera and carefully controlled colors."
‑ Sean Axmaker, St@tic Multimedia