The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

(L’uccello dalle piume di cristallo)

Italy 1970. Dir Dario Argento.

With Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall. 97 min.

With his sharp directorial debut The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, the ex-film critic Dario Argento paid homage to director Mario Bava, reviving interest in Italian horror internationally. Here he fashions a mysterious figure clad in a shiny black PVC raincoat and black leather gloves who slashes beautiful young women. Argento’s highly stylised pursuit of the killer is accompanied by a haunting score by Ennio Morricone.