The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

(L’uccello dalle piume di cristallo)

Italy 1970. Dir Dario Argento.

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.

BFI Southbank NFT1 Friday 30 May 2008, 18:30