• Carson Joiner

    ★★★★ Watched by Carson Joiner 19 Oct, 2014 1

    Hoop-Tober 31 Days of Halloween (Film #35)

    "The man's crazy. You never know what will happen next."

    Over the last month I've become a huge fan of Dario Argento and Italian horror films from the 70's and 80's known as giallo. So what makes a good giallo film? Well, you always need a psycho-killer who wears black gloves and a trench coat. But for me, the most important aspect is the mystery. Who is the killer? After a good mysterious…

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  • johnch

    ★★★½ Watched by johnch 17 Oct, 2014

    its story has been done before and since and it is simpler both visually and thematically compared to something like Deep Red. but with its tightly constructed approach lies a certain charm and it also has Vittorio Storaro cinematography and Ennio Morricone's music going for it.

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  • Auteur

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Auteur 13 Oct, 2014

    Film #1 of ARGENTOBERFEST

    Part mystery, part horror, Dario Argento's debut is a notable entry in the giallo genre, and represents the emergence of a major new visual talent that would heavily influence cinema to come. It's safe to say with The Bird With The Crystal Plumage the director was still getting his feet wet, as the film is a bit hokey in the story department, featuring rough transitions between the two genres, constant dead ends, and ridiculously out-of-place dialogue…

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  • Mike

    ★★★ Watched by Mike 05 Oct, 2014

    As is the case with a lot of the giallo I've seen my biggest beef with this has to do with the protagonist putting themselves into ridiculous amounts of peril attempting to solve a mystery with which he has no business being involved. He does at first, having his passport taken away (he's American) after having witnessed an attempted murder, but once he's absolved he just can't seem to keep himself away from investigating, despite the murderer's multiple attempts, one…

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  • danote

    ★★★½ Watched by danote 30 Sep, 2014

    Hoop-Tober #11

    Después de haber visto Profondo Rosso (también de Argento, filmada cinco años después que Crystal Plumage), esta película perdió un poquitín de impacto para mi. Siento como si Profondo Rosso fuera algo así como un loose-remake de esta, y a mi gusto, mejor lograda.

    Pero Bird With the Crystal Plumage tiene lo suyo, cómo no. Para empezar, el final es un giro que nunca vi venir. Increíble giro y bien ejecutado. Las escenas de asesinatos logran mas tensión…

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  • Valtteri Lepistö

    ★★★½ Watched by Valtteri Lepistö 01 Oct, 2014

    Hoop-Toober Film #1

    And so begins the epic 31-horror-films marathon of the month and it starts with Argento film. Well, I guess it's hard to top that.

    Every director has some influences and when one does his/her first film, those influences can be perhaps more visible than in the other works. It is the case with Argento. Hitchcock's influence is present all the way through and the viewer even gets to enjoy some moments which feel like homages to the…

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  • zac3

    ★★★½ Watched by zac3 27 Sep, 2014

    Part 3/7 of the Dario Argento project.

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  • KerryMaxwell

    ★★★★ Rewatched by KerryMaxwell 18 Sep, 2014

    Rewatched as the first half of a Giallo double-feature at The Brattle (with What Have You Done to Solange?).

    Quite a different experience seeing this in the theatre with the english dub (and a period correct poor print). I didn't realize just how much humor there was when I first saw this with the italian soundtrack, but the whole affair seemed rather lighthearted and farcical in comparison. Being freed from trying to make proper logical sense of the plot added…

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  • Magnusp

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Magnusp 18 Sep, 2014

    Rewatching BWCP on blu ray is quite a joy. Its a striking film - especially given it is Argentos first.
    The plot only make sense within the logic of a true giallo; however it dos not prevent my joy for the red herrings and the idea of art as the drive towards death.
    Tony Musante seriously lacks credibility as a writer or even a private investegator, but on the other hand Suzie Kendall gets alot out of her limited screen time.

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  • Cinemole

    ★★★★ Watched by Cinemole 09 Aug, 2014

    Enjoyed this enormously. Fans of terrible Italian dubbing will also have a blast

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  • Pandamonium

    ★★★★½ Added by Pandamonium

    A recent discussion on the giallo genre opened, as it turns out, my eyes to a new world of cinema. Before, I discounted it as exploitation horror, but due to some positive comments on giallos I decided to give one a try and I'm glad I did. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a nearly perfect film and a very impressive debut for famed director Dario Argento. Apparently, it is one of his more plot-heavy films, which is impressive…

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  • Ryan H.

    ★★★ Watched by Ryan H. 02 Sep, 2013

    All in all, it's a fine debut. Not as provocative or viscerally unnerving as many of the Argento films to follow, but Argento's style is nevertheless fully present. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is lush and vibrant if not particularly fluid. In its best moments, it twists its thriller plot into something that is altogether more ethereal and abstract than Hitchcock and less cheeky than De Palma.

    Incidentally, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is the only Argento film…

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