Review The Birds (1963)

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  2. Elliot Thomas

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    One of Hitchcock’s most intriguing and relentlessly thrilling films- mostly set in a quiet coastal Californian town- sees flocks of birds attack the local inhabitants for no reason. Debutant Tippi Hedren, in a career best role, plays the visiting San Francisco girl caught in the midst of all the mayhem. It’s unclear to me what Hitchcock is trying to say here (leaving it up to the audience, maybe?) but this pic packs a terrifying punch; he definitely put his leading lady through the ringer! One of his very best.
     
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    Another blood-curdling Hitchcock masterpiece I clearly saw far too young. For years (having never dared to see it again) I thought it was in black and white because we had a b-&-w TV. Same with Marnie. The black and white thing turned out to be true of Psycho though. I think the scariness of The Birds works more because, well, birds are everywhere - whereas American motels aren't in England so I can keep the idea of Mother and son Bates at a safe distance. Also, for a short while we had a rescue budgie that was clearly biding its time... sharpening its beak on cuttlefish and its claws on the sandpaper at the bottom of the cage. It was tiny, but well hard. And don't talk to me about poultry - once I was feeding friends' chickens and the cock went berserk and took a lump out of my leg. And the seagull in Llandudno that nearly had my dad's finger as well as his chips... and people get sentimental about the old Bird woman in Mary Poppins...blah!
     
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    This is an amazing film. The characters are good, great atmosphere and then there is the lack of music, which works so well in this film.
    That smoking scene at the school is one of the most awesome scenes in a movie.
     
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    It may interest you to know that the original short story by Daphne du Maurier is set in her native Cornwall in the mid to late 1940s.

    And the ending is truly horrific...

    The main character runs out of cigarettes.

    Oh, the humanity!
     
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    I know her part of Cornwall quite well (once had to take a boat across the bay to Fowey (her home town for a while) to buy sausages - I always thought it was amazing that the same person wrote the Birds and Rebecca - then was totally gobsmacked to learn she'd written Don't Look Now as well.
     
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    And don't forget JAMAICA INN.

    Such a shame that both she and Hitchcock were displeased with the end result of his film version.
     
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    Now that's one I haven't read - so decisions, decisions, the old film that even the director didn't like, or the recent TV series that was apparently inaudible - hmmm. Maybe I'll have a massive catch-up of Poldark before I decide - sorry Cornwall, other counties are available.
    (In fact, just finished last episode of Broadchurch - (hope it's showered with awards in the fullness of time). What is it with the West Country? And no, I haven't felt any need to see the remake of Straw Dogs!
     
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    Lux Radio Theater - The Birds - Old Time Radio - Daphne du Maurier






     
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    Thirty years before Daphne Du Maurier wrote the short story on which the movie was supposedly based this book was released, in which London's inhabitants were mysteriously set upon by avian predators.

    Frank Baker, the "likeable church organist" who penned it was naturally upset and wrote to Daphne, who "sympathised".

    Hitchcock simply ignored him.

    Baker then considered suing Universal Studios, but his legal counsel advised him against it, telling him that the two stories were markedly different, but some commentators feel that the Baker story is closer to Hitchcock's style.



    From "THE BOOK OF FORGOTTEN AUTHORS" by Christopher Fowler.....


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