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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Argento’s debut feature focuses on an American novelist whose witnessing of a crime puts him square in the crosshairs of a mysterious killer. Lensed by legendary cinematographer Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Conformist), The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is Argento at his most precisely Hitchcockian, and is widely considered to have launched the Italian giallo movement. “Argento showed American directors of the 1970s, particularly Brian De Palma, how Hitchock’s templates could be updated for an overtly chilly and sexual contemporary age.”—Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine

Genres: Giallo

Other Films by Dario Argento


Suzy, a young dancer, arrives at a remote ballet academy and discovers that one of the students has been brutally murdered. As she delves deeper into the mystery of who’s responsible, the true culprits are revealed to be at arms length. Dario Argento’s 1977 masterpiece is a rococo level feat of filmmaking within the giallo