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The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (2-Disc Special Edition)
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Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante) is an American reporter living in Rome who witnesses what appears to be a murder. Trapped by a glass wall, he can't intervene, but does manage to scare off the killer. Wounded, the victim survives, and Dalmas's curiosity drives him to look further into the story, but he soon finds himself and his girlfriend in jeopardy and stalked by the would-be murderer. Director Dario Argento's debut film is a remarkable work, more restrained than many of his later films. Based on an obscure l950s pulp novel, Bird draws heavily on Hitchcock, as well as on American novelists such as Dashiell Hammett and Cornell Woolrich. At the same time, its execution makes it a highly original, inventive, and fast-paced film that plays with the conventions of the thriller genre. As was often the case with Hitchcock's work, Dalmas is a spectator to the original crime, reflecting the voyeuristic role of the film audience. He's an ordinary guy who unravels the circumstances of the crime until he comes across the most unlikely scenario, a device also reminiscent of Hitchcock. The score, editing, and camera work, however, give the film a distinctly Italian stamp, and established Argento as a stylish, innovative director to watch. The scene in which Dalmas is chased through the streets by a gun-toting assassin, in particular, is a little gem of suspense. Modern-day thrillers should hope to live up to this film's intelligence, energy, and intricate plot twists. --Jerry Renshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There are some terrific set pieces, and lots of tension. but also logic holes big enough to drive fleets of trucks through, and acting that ranges from lifeless to over the top, and all the performances are dubbed (even the US actors post synced their voices).
Historically important and clearly influential on many later directors and films (from DePalma to 'The Shining' to John Carpenter), I still can't quite see this as the masterpiece a number of critics make it out to be. But it is certainly great looking, tense fun, and well worth seeing.
An American reporter staying in Rome witnesses a truly shattering event one evening when he sees a gruesome assault takes place inside of an art gallery. Barred from interfering with the proceedings due to huge sliding glass doors, Sam Dalmas can only look on with horror as two figures, one clad entirely in black and the other a woman, struggle with each other over a very shiny knife.Read more ›
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Movie as is but the cover was all gunky and IT WAS NOT COVER AS LISTED...THIS IS THE THIRD TIME this has happened. Lister and Amazon should make sure cover is as listedPublished 10 days ago by Fair Reviewer
now OOP, but if you can get this edition (Blue Underground) snag it - unlike other editions this is in the correct aspect ratio, which for a film as visually compelling and... Read morePublished 8 months ago by vishnu
Not as good as I remember it being. But I am still glad to have it. Some very amusing humour in there that surprised me. Early Argento & the best of his 3 'animal' themed films.Published 21 months ago by Nicky Blade
Arrived unscathed and on time. Love Argento flicks. For the most part, I haven't been dissatisfied yet. Read morePublished on May 28 2014 by ilikemovies
I saw this movie after seeing many other films from the master of horror Dario Argento and I was a little scared about this one but surprisingly I found it very interesting for a... Read morePublished on Dec 24 2003 by Yannick Villeneuve-Monast
Work number one by Dario Argento, this movie is also referred to as the original matrix to the Italian Giallo Movies. Check out the reason why. Read morePublished on Oct. 19 2002 by Wildenbruck
I gave this 3 stars; I would have given it 3.5 if that were possible. I watched the VCI Home Video "uncut widescreen presentation" on DVD; I don't know if that's the same version... Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2002 by David F. Nolan
I lost a bet and had to watch this movie but I didn't mind becouse I had heard it was one of his better films (Dario Argento). Read morePublished on April 5 2002 by scott belba
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