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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage Movie Review Summary

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THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE is the first movie written and directed by italian director Dario Argento in 1970. Cinematography by Vittorio Storaro and music by Ennio Morricone.

Sam Dalmas, an American writer staying in Rome, is on the verge of flying back to New-York when he witnesses a murder attempt on the wife of an art gallery owner. As three murders of young women have been committed the preceding weeks, police inspector Morosini, after having suspected him, asks Dalmas to stay in Rome and help him find the murderer. Meanwhile, the murderer kills another woman, always in the same manner : with a knife or a razor. Irritated by the alliance between the detective and the writer, the killer contacts Sam and threatens to hurt his girl-friend Julia if Sam doesn't leave Rome.

A reference of the giallo genre.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 60%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20% How difficult to spot villain?    -   Challenging Time/Era of Movie:    -   1960's-1970's Murder Mystery?    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Special suspect?    -   investigator him/herself Kind of mystery?    -   amateur citizen investigator Crime & Police Story?    -   Yes Crime story:    -   catching/stopping killer    -   hunted by killer/stalker

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   writer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Italy Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   gory visuals of deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts Kind of violence:    -   knives Unusual forms of death    -   dropped from large heights    -   run over    -   perforation--swords/knives

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