If You Like _______, Then You Should Watch _____ is a new column that will be appearing here on CCD.NYC weekly. Whenever people try recommending a movie to someone they instantly go with the line: "It's like ____ meets ____". It is the easiest way to convince someone to watch a new film... appeal to their basic sense of past movies they have seen and might have liked. It usually works too, since people like to compare & contrast things they are going to do with things they have already done. So in order to broaden your horizons and open you to some new films, we will use that model to help you discover some celluloid gold.
Today's Pick: If You Like Suspiria, Then You Should Watch The Bird With The Crystal Plumage
|Look at this creepy son of a bitch!|
|A callback to his 1st film Plumage in a scene from Suspiria|
|House Ad for Suspiria|
|Red Hallway, Stain Glass Windows... NBD!|
|Funny... I Never Saw You Hangin' Around Here Before!|
|Fun Fact: The killer's gloved hands in Plumage are none other then Argento himself!|
|Creepy ass statue party!|
The second aspect to Argento's films that tend to stick out are the scores. Suspiria has one of the most highly regarded scores in film history, the synth rock masterpiece that comes to us courtesy of Italian band Goblin. Goblin have been frequent collaborators with Argento over the years, starting with the classic Deep Red. But before Argento found his future musical partners, he still was able to "score" a high powered composer to hammer out the music for Plumage (see what I did there? Score... score... eh, forget it!). While working on Once Upon A Time In The West with Sergio Leone, Argento met fellow Italian, legendary film composer Enrico Morricone. Morricone would go on to score HUGE Hollywood films like The Untouchables, State of Grace, Django Unchained, Wolf and The Thing. But first he would team up with Argento for some giallo gold... not only did he do The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, but he also did Cat o' Nine Tales and Four Fly's on Gray Velvet alongside the director.
Out of the three, I prefer Plumage (even though all three are bad ass scores). The music really brings out the frantic crime noir feel of the film, and fits perfect in the 70s time frame that the show takes place in. It is a real throwback, and makes the experience that much better. It is pretty cool when you can see a legend work, but The Bird With the Crystal Plumage provides you with insight on not one but TWO legends (Argento & Morricone) at the dawn of their fruitful careers.
|Menacing... one of the most intense shots of the movie!|
Original Movie posters...