Monday, October 7, 2013

Halloween 2013: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

I saw Dario Argento's arguably greatest movie, Suspiria, for the first time about three years ago.  I didn't like it.  The music annoyed me, the plot was incomprehensible, and I think I gave it two stars.  But for some reason, it stuck with me, and I dunno, I decided to watch it again and suddenly, it spoke to me.  The music: awesome.  The plot?  Well, still incomprehensible, but who cares?  Anyway, now I love this movie and I have been going through the rest of Argento's movies.  I first watched the other movies in the "three mothers" trilogy (Inferno and Mother of Tears) and then moved on to others such as Phenomena and Deep Red.  I love all of them.  Mother of Tears is a later movie, and it isn't as good as the others, but I still mostly enjoyed it.

It took me a while, but I finally decided to go to the beginning and watch his first movie, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage.  Here's the summary from the Netflix page: "Witnessing a brutal attack on a woman but unable to help her, Sam, an American traveling in Rome, soon finds himself the target of an elusive killer. The deeper Sam delves into the mystery, the more at risk he becomes."  I had to go find the summary because I honestly couldn't remember the plot.  And something to say about these movies: plot?  Doesn't really so much matter.  The mood, the atmosphere, is much more important.  And once I went to google some images, I remembered the movie.  I liked it a lot.  That said, I have a swiss cheese memory (unless you need the lyrics to random songs from the '80's) so trying to review a movie three months later is really difficult for me.  Basically, if you like Argento, you'll probably like this one.  Yeah, I know, this review is pretty lame, but I'm making myself write anyway. 

I gave this movie 3 1/2 stars.

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