Review of the Year : The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

It's another unearthed gem in the review of the year and what's impressed the filmic folk of Blogger throughout the last twelve months.  This time it's from Tyler and Fun with Horror as he jumps into Dario Argento with both feet bloody in one of D.A's best.  Fun with Horror is an excellent source for reviews and interviews on all things ghoulish, especially the golden era of the 1980's.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 98 mins
Director: Dario Argento
Starring: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Format: DVD
Country: Italy

Sam is an American living in Italy. He and his girlfriend are mere days from moving back to the states when he witnesses an attempted murder through the window of an art gallery. The police suspect this botched attempt is just one in a nasty rash of murders taking place in the city. Detained as a material witness, Sam takes it upon himself to prove his innocence and bring the real killer to justice.

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is the first entry in Dario Argento's animal trilogy of Giallo films. Like much of Argento's work, this film features stunningly beautiful cinematography, creative camera angles, and a delightful sense of foreboding that carries throughout the picture. As usual, Argento employs the dramatic use of color to tell a story. In the attempted murder sequence at the beginning of the film, the stark white walls and the victim's all white ensemble provide dramatic contrast to the deep red blood dripping from her wound. This scene actually plays out much like an art exhibit as Sam watches, helplessly, from behind the gallery window.

The gore effects are great for the early 70s and still stand the test of time today. The dubbing is well done. The score is haunting. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is not just a horror film, it is a work of art that demands attention from any film enthusiast. Check it out if you don't want to be an asshole.


Horror Fan said...

Thanks for featuring me on Knifed In Venice!

John Baxter said...

My pleasure, thanks for contributing. You are an iron clad gentleman.

Horror Fan said...

Oh, wow. I think that's the coolest compliment I've received in some time.

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