Dario Argento on Turning a Lifetime of Blood, Blades, and Pulp into High Art

Early in Dario Argento’s first feature film, 1970’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage , a handsome American writer strolling around Rome at night stumbles upon a murder that is already underway. The writer, played by Tony Musante, rushes to save the red-haired beauty struggling to fight off a shadowy, knife-wielding assailant inside an overly lit art gallery. The writer makes it into the vestibule of the windowed gallery space but can’t open the inner door.

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