Monday, October 29, 2012

The Bird With The Crystal Plumage

The Bird With The Crystal Plumage is a 1970 Dario Argento film, his first as director. The score is by Ennio Moriccone (A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The Battle of Algiers, Once Upon a Time in the West, Two Mules for Sister Sara, Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Thing (1982), White Dog, Red Sonja, Hamlet (1990), The Mission, The Untouchables (1987) and many others).

I have seen few films by this director and have heard that his earlier ones are a better introduction than his later movies. I'm not finding this one or Deep Red at all difficult to watch, and I do not like modern slashers.

Slant Magazine says, "the film is arguably Argento's most Hitchcockian venture" and suggests that it "is perhaps best enjoyed by those new to Argento." says, "Argento is a creative force to be reckoned with. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage proves that he has always been so." DVD Talk closes with this:
Crystal Plumage has its plot holes and unfair red herrings, but nothing we can't live with. Argento also requires a couple of extra scenes to wrap up his story, but otherwise his murderous movie machine is a winner.
Roger Ebert says, "It works mostly by exploiting our fear of the dark." Rotten Tomatoes scores it at 91%.

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