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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo (VOSTA)
Main screening room
July 15th, 2022
98 min
Dario Argento: Deep Fears

To coincide with the presentation of Dario Argento's new film, Dark Glasses (Occhiali Neri), at the 2022 edition of Fantasia, we are presenting, in collaboration with the festival and the Italian Institute of Culture in Montreal, eight of the filmmaker's previous films, which together testify to the way in which this prolific Italian master of terror has never ceased to experiment, formally and thematically. From his major contribution to the giallo genre at the beginning of his career to the horror cinema of the 2000s, through the supernatural phase initiated with Suspiria, this cycle allows us to revisit a work in perpetual evolution, with incisive direction and delightful international casts, including the complete Three Mothers trilogy: Suspiria, Inferno and Mother of Tears.

Restoration courtesy of Arrow Films and the American Genre Film Archive.

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
Directed by
Dario Argento
Italian version with English subtitles
Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno
Italy, West Germany
98 min
Horror, mystery, crime

In Rome, an American writer witnesses the assault of a woman by an enigmatic individual. Wrongly suspected by the police, he is targeted by the killer, which leads him to investigate himself...

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Dario Argento

Growing up in Rome in the 1940s, Dario Argento experienced both the world of film sets with his father, a film producer, and that of modeling in his mother's studio, a fashion photographer: some would say that he fell into the giallo as a child. Before moving on to directing, this great cinephile began his career as a critic, standing as a defender of genre cinema. He then used his writing skills to sign or contribute to many scripts, the most famous of which is Once Upon a Time in the West by Sergio Leone. In 1970, Argento moved on to directing with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, a giallo film. The originality of his direction was already evident in this first film, which opened the most prolific and acclaimed period of his career, marked by his collaborations with his partner Daria Nicolodi, the editor Franco Fraticelli and the group Goblin. With Suspiria, the filmmaker turns to supernatural horror, beginning an alternation of genres, which he transcends with a colorful expressionism and never ceasing to experiment stylistically.

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Mark Kermode reviews The Bird with the Crystal Plumage | BFI Player
About The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
Full cast
All of Argento's work already seems to be contained in this exemplary suspense, which, through a remarkably sophisticated setting, establishes the Ariadne's thread that connects the various pieces of his work in the form of a puzzle.
Alexandre Fontaine Rousseau
Panorama-cinéma (2011)
About Dario Argento
Le Vidéo Club de Dario Argento à l'occasion de la sortie de "Vortex"
Comment faire la peur au cinéma, par Dario Argento

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