An American writer thinks about leaving Rome where he is staying with his girlfriend. But instead, in a unforgettable scene, he witnesses a attempted murder at an art gallery. As he is the only one present at the scene makes police suspect him and confiscates his passport. Meanwhile he becomes the next target for the murderer who’s still on the lose. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage premiered in 1970 and is Dario Argento’s feature debut. The film marked a breakthrough and built on the Italian giallo which Mario Bava previously had laid ground for. Apocalypse Now-cinematographer Vittorio Storaro’s images and the soundtrack by Ennio Morricone contribute to the fact that The Bird with the Crystal Plumage remains a masterly constructed horror experience.
– Daniel Tollefsen Altamirano