The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Italian: L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo) is a 1970 Italian giallo film directed by Dario Argento, in his directorial debut. The film is considered a landmark in the Italian giallo genre. It is the first instalment... read more

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Italian: L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo) is a 1970 Italian giallo film directed by Dario Argento, in his directorial debut. The film is considered a landmark in the Italian giallo genre. It is the first instalment in the Animal Trilogy, and was followed by The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971) and Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1972). Written by Argento, the film is an uncredited adaptation of Fredric Brown's novel The Screaming Mimi, which had previously been made into a Hollywood film, Screaming Mimi (1958), directed by Gerd Oswald. The film was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe award for best motion picture in 1971. The film was originally cut by 20 seconds for its US release and received a 'GP' rating, though it was later re-classified as 'PG'. It has since been released in the US uncut. Upon its release the film was a huge box office hit, grossing 1,650,000,000 Italian lira (roughly about $1 million US), twice the production cost of $500,000. The film was also a success outside of Italy, gaining €1,366,884 admissions in Spain.

Original Release

02/19/1970

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Cast

Tony Musante Sam Dalmas
Suzy Kendall Julia
Enrico Maria Salerno Inspector Morosini
Eva Renzi Monica Ranieri
Umberto Raho Alberto Ranieri
Renato Romano Professor Carlo Dover (as Raf Valenti)
Mario Adorf Berto Consalvi
Giuseppe Castellano Monti
Fulvio Mingozzi Police Detective
Pino Patti Faiena
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Dario Argento

Writers

Dario Argento, Fredric Brown

Cast

Tony Musante Sam Dalmas
Suzy Kendall Julia
Enrico Maria Salerno Inspector Morosini
Eva Renzi Monica Ranieri
Umberto Raho Alberto Ranieri
Renato Romano Professor Carlo Dover (as Raf Valenti)
Mario Adorf Berto Consalvi
Giuseppe Castellano Monti
Fulvio Mingozzi Police Detective
Pino Patti Faiena
Reggie Nalder Needles, Yellow Jacket Assassin (uncredited)
Maria Tedeschi Old Lady in Fog (uncredited)
Werner Peters Antique Dealer
Carla Mancini Girl watching TV
Rosita Torosh 4th Victim (as Rosa Toros)
Giovanni Di Benedetto Professor Rinaldi
Gildo Di Marco Garullo
Omar Bonaro Police Detective
Karen Valenti Tina, 5th Victim
Bruno Erba Police Detective

Producers

Artur Brauner Executive Producer
Salvatore Argento Producer
Artur Brauner Producer

Editors

Franco Fraticelli

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