May 24, 2023

Bring In The Perverts

Mahoning Drive-In Theater - Lehighton, PA
On Sunday, we got to see the directorial debut of Terrence Malick at the drive-in.  That was followed up last night with a screening of the film that was the directorial debut of Dario Argento: the 1970 giallo classic The Bird With The Crystal Plumage.  It's a movie that I discovered as a result of a cool piece of art that I found at a merch table.

I bought this Nick Jackson art print four years ago from one of the merchandise stands on the last day of Joe Bob's Drive-In Jamboree at the Mahoning Drive-In Theater.  At the time, I had never heard of The Bird With The Crystal Plumage and my only knowledge of Dario Argento was from the times that Joe Bob showed his movies on The Last Drive-In.  When I first looked at this print, I had no idea that it was from the movie.  I just thought it was a cool piece of art.  The man who sold it to me told me more about the film and I made a note of it as something I had to seek out.

That movie premiered in West Berlin on June 24th, 1970 and it spread throughout the rest of the continent in the weeks and months that followed.  It is considered one of the most influential giallo films of all time, and it's reputation is well deserved.

I'm not sure that anything in this movie reminded me of Psycho, but it's a damn good murder mystery with a lot of beautiful shots and a story that held my interest from start to finish.  If you weren't able to make it out to the Mahoning, you can check it out on Tubi.