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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

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Margot Kidder is Danielle, a beautiful model separated from her Siamese twin, Dominique. When a hotshot reporter (Jennifer Salt) suspects Dominique of a brutal murder, she becomes dangerously ensnared in the sisters’ insidious sibling bond. A scary and stylish paean to female destructiveness, De Palma’s first foray into horror voyeurism is a stunning amalgam of split-screen effects, bloody birthday cakes, and a chilling score by frequent Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann. (Janus Films)

35mm print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive

Director
Brian De Palma
Writer
Brian De Palma & Louisa Rose
Composer
Bernard Herrmann
Starring
Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning, William Finley
Year
1972
Rated
R
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
93 minutes

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

In 1970, Dario Argento indelibly redefined the giallo genre of murder-mystery thrillers with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage – a mind-bending mix of murder, obsession, and art. A staggeringly assured first feature, this film establishes the key traits that define Argento’s filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive and brutal scenes of violence. With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and a seductive Ennio Morricone score. (American Genre Film Archive)

Director
Dario Argento
Composer
Ennio Morricone
Starring
Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi, Umberto Raho, Raf Valenti, Giuseppe Castellano, Mario Adorf
Year
1970
Country
Italy
Format
35mm
Running Time
95 minutes

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