Combustible Celluloid
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With: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi, Umberto Raho
Written by: Dario Argento
Directed by: Dario Argento
MPAA Rating: PG
Language: Italian with English subtitles/English dubbed
Running Time: 96
Date: 02/19/1970

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Hell-Bent for Feathers

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Mario Bava's disciple Dario Argento came into his own with this outstanding widescreen Italian suspense flick in which an American writer witnesses a murder through a huge plate glass window. He reports everything he saw to the cops, but can't shake the feeling that something's wrong.

It was based on Fredric Brown's novel The Screaming Mimi. Like many Argento films, this one was edited for American release, and as far as I can tell, the full-length 105-minute version is still not available here. Vittorio Storaro contributed the great color cinematography. The superb score by the legendary Ennio Morricone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) sounds very good, and VCI Entertainment's DVD allows you to listen to the original soundtrack album on a separate menu. A newer, 2-disc DVD set is also available, as is a Blu-ray edition.

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