After co-writing a number of films including Sergio Leone’s Once Upon a Time in the West, young film maker Dario Argento made his first film The Bird With The Crystal Plumage in 1970. This kick started a directing career which continues to this day and has featured classics of the giallo and horror genres.
A young writer Sam Dalmas is preparing to leave Rome with girlfriend and return to the United States. Whilst walking home a couple of days before he is due to leave he witnesses a brutal assault on a young woman in an art gallery. The police are convinced the woman has survived an attack by a assailant who has already murdered several times. Sam starts his own investigation along side co-operation from the police, but the killer already has picked out the next victim.
Featuring terrific widescreen photography, a majestic score from Ennio Morricone and his patented beautiful women getting murdered, Argento hit the ground running with his first feature. Considering the film is almost fifty years old, it has no way lost it’s impact in particular one murder sequence which even today is pretty nasty and doesn’t really show much blood.
Imported American actor Tony Musante does a grand job playing the lead, he is backed up by our own Suzy Kendall as his girlfriend and Enrico Maria Salerno who provided The Man With No Name in the Dollars Trilogy with his dubbed Italian voice as the helpful Inspector Morosini. In a brief role, ‘The Master’ himself from ‘Salem’s Lot Reggie Nalder makes an appearance as an assassin after Sam.
Packed with the usual comprehensive extras you come to expect from Arrow, The Bird With The Crystal Plumage was and still is an outstanding thriller.
- Starring Tony Musante Suzy Kendall Reggie Nalder Eva Renzi
- Director Dario Argento
- Distributor Arrow Video