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THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (1970) ** ½

After years of being a film critic and co-writing the screenplay for Once Upon a Time in the West, director Dario Argento completed this, his first film.  Tony Musante stars as an author with writer’s block who witnesses a violent stabbing while vacationing in Italy.  He gets embroiled in the police investigation and becomes obsessed with finding the killer.  The whispering, giggling killer makes Musante’s girlfriend (Suzy Kendall) his next target which leads up to a pretty good twist ending.  The scene where Musante unwittingly eats a cat is the “Oh no he didn’t!” highlight.  This giallo is typical of Argento’s early work with the murder sequences taking precedence and all the dialogue and plot stuff coming in a distant second.  Argento wears his influences (Hitchcock, Antonioni, etc.) on his sleeve, and while the pacing drags, it’s still clear from just his first film that Argento is the man.  Music by Ennio Morricone.  Argento did The Cat O’ Nine Tails next.

Tags: argento, b, horror, thriller
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