Thursday, June 30, 2022

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (1970)

Sam: Why did you wall up your house?
Berto: To keep out the busybodies!

Born eighty-six years ago today was the actor Tony Musante, best know for playing the lead in Dario Argento's debut picture -- I wish I'd gotten the chance to see this one's brand new 4K remaster when they screened it at FLC here in NYC last week as part of their Dario Argento retrospective since this is one of Argento's most visually arresting films and I don't just (just) mean Musante in those tight 1970s trousers. Its big murder-scene set-piece at the art gallery really is one for the record books. 

Probably Musante's other best regarded role is as one of the thugs in the 1967 NYC terror flick The Incident alongside Martin Sheen -- they play a pair of nogoodniks who hold a subway train hostage and I've heard great interesting things about this movie, especially as one of those dangerous-vibed NYC flicks that we all love so much a la The Warriors and The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, but I've never seen it! Need to fix that.

Visually everything I've seen from The Incident looks gorgeous, with those dark black-and-whites. It's on blu-ray so I imagine some of you have seen it? Anyway Musante worked as one of those familiar Italian-American character actors right up until his death in 2013 -- he did episodes of everything from Police Story to The Alfred Hitchcock Hour to Marcus Welby to The Rockford Files -- he also had a recurring role as a mobster on Oz, I guess. He was definitely one of "Those Guys." You know those guys. They're Those Guys. 

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