Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The / L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (1970)

4.0 out of 5

Dario Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is not the first giallo. Indeed, it is a film that owes a massive debt to Mario Bava. Nevertheless, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage did go some way to popularise the genre and it set out a number of ideas that Argento would revisit within subsequent works.

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is incredibly stylish and is certainly up there with the best of the genre. It is a film that is always worth a revisit from time to time by those versed in giallo as it wonderfully represents these thrillers in a period before lesser exploitation directors began playing elasmobranchii hurdles with the genre.

Those who seek an introduction to the genre could do far worse than start here. On the other hand gorehounds seeking out a bit more of the red stuff maybe could begin their journey with Argento's much later Tenebrae.

There is a certain sense of humour that runs through the film including a brief scene dominated by the legendary Mario Adorf as a tousled, crazy, cat-eating artist with a wild and unkempt mountain-man appearance and a childlike painting style.

Recommended? Of Course!

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