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A.k.a.
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
Year
1970
Runtime
96 min.
Director
Dario Argento
Genres
Romance, Mystery, Horror
Rating *
7.2
Votes *
13,537
Checks
2,477
Favs
142
Dislikes
14
Favs/checks
5.7% (1:17)
Favs/dislikes
10:1
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  1. thestuman101694's avatar

    thestuman101694

    "Go to Italy. It's a peaceful country. Nothing ever happens there." 6 years 10 months ago
  2. dombrewer's avatar

    dombrewer

    Even though this was Dario Argento's debut feature it is remarkably well made; extremely confident, bursting with cinematic flair and bags of atmosphere in what was to become his trademark style, for good and for bad. Like the later "Deep Red" and "Suspiria" he is scores highly on the visuals and atmosphere - several scenes are beautifully shot and cleverly conceived - for example the opening attack inside a white art gallery, the protagonist trapped between two huge glass walls able to watch but unable to help or hear the screams of the injured woman - but low on basic plot logic, a competent script and character motivation, and it is full of the violent misogyny rife in the Giallo genre Argento exemplified. He is more interested in the way a razor would realistically cut the skin of a woman being murdered than what any sane person or basically functioning police department would do if investigating a serial killer. To criticise Argento for realism or logic is a little silly for exactly that reason, as a master of style it really doesn't matter why the police allow and encourage a civilian to pursue an independent investigation when he is directly involved, or why he repeatedly puts his and his girlfriend's lives at risk when directly threatened.
    The final twist is nothing extraordinary by today's standards, even predictable, where a thriller needing a twist has now become the norm it's not hard to find one. It also falls apart under too much scrutiny, but again, Argento probably wasn't too bothered about that - as an exercise in style and pure cinema Argento was undoubtedly firing on all cylinders right from the start.
    5 years 9 months ago
  3. WanderingSoul's avatar

    WanderingSoul

    The high point is the set piece at the gallery, and it's unfortunate that the film never touches that greatness again. 7 months 1 week ago
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