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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo) (1970)

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
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Tony Musante Tony Musante
Sam Dalmas
Suzy Kendall Suzy Kendall
Julia
Enrico Maria Salerno Enrico Maria Salerno
Inspector Morosini
Eva Renzi Eva Renzi
Monica Ranieri
Umberto Raho Umberto Raho
Alberto Ranieri
Renato Romano Renato Romano
Professor Carlo Dover
Mario Adorf Mario Adorf
Berto Consalvi


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3 years ago at Dec 2 15:57
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is Dario Argento's first film and despite being a very tame giallo, all the elements that make Argento who he is are all here at such an early stage. POV shots and exquisite framing, black leather glove-clad killer, ordinary Joe caught up in a mystery, etc. That being said, the style and violence are toned down considerably compared to his later work. Tony Musante... read more
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A writer is stalked by a serial killer after witnessing a murder attempt on one woman's life.
Release date: 12 June 1970
UPC: 089859820229
Tags: Giallo (8), Thriller (7), Horror (7), Mystery (6), 1970s (6), Italy (6), 1970 (5), Victim (3), West Germany (3), Male Nudity (3), Italian (3), Crime (3), Stripping (2), Falling (2), Animal In Title (2), Redhead (2), Water (2), Friendship (2), Antique (2), Nudity (2)
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