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August 28, 2012

Episode 77: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)

Episode 77: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Special Guests: Elena Past & Maitland McDonagh

Also known as L'uccello dalle piume di cristallo, The Gallery Murders, The Phantom of Terror and more, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is director Dario Argento's freshman film; a highly successful giallo which adapts Fredric Brown's Screaming Mimi through the eyes of "The Italian Hitchcock."

Check out the Giallo Fever series at Anthology Film Archives
Buy Fredric Brown's Screaming Mimi
Get some of Fredric Brown's short stories free at Project Gutenberg
Buy Elena Past's Methods of Murder
Visit Maitland McDonagh's 120 Days of Sodom(y)/120 Days Books
Buy Maitland McDonagh's Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds
Buy Dario Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage on DVD
Buy Gerd Oswald's Screaming Mimi on DVD

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1 comment:

  1. This episode was rather agonizing, if only for Argento scholar Elena Past's over-pronunciation of the Italian directors and films. She got audibly excited every time the opportunity arose to prattle off a long-winded Italian film title.

    I suppose she does it with the hopes of trying to impress but her efforts were definitely wasted on this listener.

    In contrast, the interview with Maitland McDonagh (author of Broken Minds, Broken Mirrors) was far more compelling.

    Also, Mike White revealed that he hadn't dived too deeply into the world of Dario Argento. So I'm wondering, since this episode was recorded, have you had a chance to viddy more of his flicks, Mr. White? And if so, what are your general impressions?