The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Deep Red + The Bird With The Crystal Plumage

Our Argent-o-Rama series starts with a double header of Dario Argento’s Deep Red and The Bird with the Crystal Plumage!

In Deep Red, jazz pianist Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow Out) witnesses the murder of psychic Helga Ullman (Macha Meril). With the help of an intrepid reporter (Daria Nicolodi), he tries to identify the killer before becoming a victim himself. Often considered the peak of the giallo genre, Deep Red features Argento’s the first film scoring collaboration with the prog-rock band Goblin and memorable murder set pieces.

Argento’s directorial debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage follows American writer Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante) who witness an attempted murder in an Italian art gallery. Argento’s film codified the tropes of the burgeoning giallo genre, including black gloved killers, and launched many imitators.

Both films will be presented in their original Italian versions.


“Operating under the principle that a moving camera is always better than a static one, and not above throwing in a terrifying evil doll, Deep Red showcases the technical bravado and loopy shock tactics that made Argento famous.” — Keith Phipps, AV Club

“The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is not only regarded as a genre-defining classic, but it also unfolds as one of Argento’s most accessible, compelling films. — James Gracey, Eye for Film