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Directed by Dario Argento

Italy 1970 96 mins.

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



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