L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage)
L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (The Bird With the Crystal Plumage) (1970)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 12, 1970
DVD Release Date: November 23, 1999
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Combining a deadly thriller plot with the stylized violence that would become his trademark, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage marked an impressive horror debut for Dario Argento.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Jamie Graham
Total Film

A smart, cosmopolitan, thoroughly modern whodunit comprised of geometric visuals and pulsating sexual violence.

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David Thompson
Time Out

Now king of the spaghetti slasher, Argento made his directorial debut with this tightly constructed thriller.

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Austin Trunick
Under the Radar

It's not as colorful as his later masterpieces ... but the way in which Argento plays with composition and point of view here are above and beyond.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

A glossy, stylistic, cosmopolitan and jagged mystery firmly entrenched in Hitchcockian paranoia.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

[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.

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

Future Oscar winner Vittorio Storaro shot the film-it was his first color film and he makes it a showpiece-and Ennio Morricone provides an unusual, often eerie score arranged for human voices.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A watchable serial murderer-search movie, even if not the stuff of cult status.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Dario Argento's directorial debut is a stunning achievement in horror. The start of an excellent career is showcased on screen. What you have with Bird… More
Michael Gildea
I know this was Dario Argento's first movie (and actually the first of his movie's I've seen) and I've heard hordes of people talking about… More
Cassandra Maples
Very fine debut that set the trend for giallo for the next half dozen years. The seeds of the genre had already been sown but here Argento strikes out stylishly… More
Tim Salmons
Dario Argento's first major film is a masterpiece of suspense and mystery. Unlike the brutal and violent work later in his career, this film plays more as… More
Chris Weber
I'm not extremely familair with the subgenre known as giallo, but my research tells me that it is Italian ficttion with emphasis on horror/thriller, and… More
Ariuza koraw
Mr. Dario Argento has had a big influence on our culture and his films where just massive successes here and his first movie was the first true Giallo movie… More