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  The Birds (1963)
The attacks are mysteriously related to the mother and son relationship in the film - anger (and fears of abandonment or being left lonely) of the jealous, initially hostile mother surface when her bachelor son brings home an attractive young woman.
On an allegorical level, the birds in the film are the physical embodiment and exteriorization of unleashed, disturbing, shattering forces that threaten all of humanity (those threatened in the film include schoolchildren, a defenseless farmer, bystanders, a schoolteacher, etc.) when relationships have become insubstantial, unsupportive, or hurtful.
Numerous allusions to blindness are sprinkled throughout the film (the farmer's eyes are pecked out, the children play blindman's bluff at the birthday party, the broken glasses of the fleeing schoolchild, etc.), giving the hint that the camera's voyeuristic lens (and its screen-viewing audience) is also being subjected to assault.
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 PlanetPapers - The Birds
In the story the birds attacked when the tide came in and in the film the birds attack in brief intervals, over and over.
The film's characters are a woman and a man, and the man's mother and younger sister.
In the film the characters are able to slip out of the house during a quiet interval and drive away.
www.planetpapers.com /Assets/1031.php   (617 words)

 The Birds (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Birds (1963) is a horror film by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on a short story by Daphne du Maurier with the same name.
The caged birds remain conspicuously benign through the entire film as all other birds go wild, and continue to be featured in the story until the closing scene where they are taken by the escaping humans.
However, in the bird sanctuary, the birds have gone crazy, and Hans Moleman is menaced by birds in a phone booth, with birds crashing against the glass.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/The_Birds_(film)   (2012 words)

 The Birds (1963) - Film Talk
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's--actually it is a bird.
In films like The Birds the creatures are there only to serve the story and the suspense, which as I'm sure we all know is what Hitchcock did better than arguably anyone.
During a lengthy and somewhat humorous discussion about the birds in the local diner, with such people present as the grizzled old fisherman and the batty old ornithologist, all the viewpoints are examined, and several previous incidents are chattered about.
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 The Birds
Gotcha!" She goes to drop the birds off at his place, but she is informed that he is gone to Bodega Bay for the weekend.
By building the tension this way he avoids overexposing the birds early in the film and thus lessening their impact once they attack en masse and for sustained periods.
As the film draws to a close, the birds assume an inevitability, literally becoming a force of nature.
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 Reading the birds and The Birds Literature Film Quarterly - Find Articles
Although both critics' reasons for faulting hermeneutic efforts to understand the birds are sound, their alternatives are difficult to accept and, in any case, have not diminished the critical need to assign some significance to the referent of the film's title.
Both [interpretations] agree that the fundamental problem in the film is the disproportion between the relatively inconsequential behavior of the characters and the magnitude of the threat they face, and both attempt to resolve that problem by establishing an intelligible relation between the two.
Interpreting the birds as MacGuffin is one means of addressing the problem of representation in the film and in its interpretation.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_qa3768/is_200001/ai_n8895983   (603 words)

 Notes on Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds
A possible interpretation for the film is that the birds represent the tension in the family and are a manifestation of Lydia's maternal possessiveness, attacking anyone who invades her territory.
Trying to determine the explanation of the birds is an interesting exercise, but many of the theories do not stand up because they do not begin with the narrative focus of the film.
Nature in the form of the birds will intimidate Melanie, but are the birds actually a manifestation of Melanie's fear of emotional relationship and her struggle with Mitch and with Lydia over Mitch.
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 The Birds
The five-day ordeal of filming the climactic scene in which her character is trapped in a roomful of attacking birds -- hundreds of live crows and gulls were hurled at her face by off-camera stagehands -- resulted in Hedren being hospitalized and the production closed down for a week.
It is the birds themselves, of course, who are the stars of the show (the watchful protection of the ASPCA didn’t extend to Hitchcock’s cruelty toward Hedren).
But The Birds is also notable for numerous scenes that are keyed to simple ambient noises, like the spitfire whoosh of Melanie’s sports car as she zips along the California coast to Bodega Bay, and the putt-putt outboard that propels her rented boat to the Brenner house.
www.culturevulture.net /Movies/Birds.htm   (1152 words)

 The Inn at the Tides ~ Bodega Bay
Hitchcock got the inspiration for his film from Daphne du Maurier’s “The Birds” screenplay which he happened upon while reading a copy of the short story collections published under the “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” banner.
Financed by the success of his television show, and filmed with equipment borrowed from the Revue Studio, “The Birds” became Hitchcock’s first horror/fantasy film.
Mechanical and live trained birds were used in the film along with optically altered film overlay of flying birds.
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 THE BIRDS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Melanie is in a bird shop confirming her order of a Myna bird when Mitch spots her and draws her into conversation.
I think the attack is worse than the one in PSYCHO because the onslaught from the birds is relentless.
The main problem is all the drama has nothing to do with the birds, it's just filler in between attacks, which makes the film move a little slowly.
crazy4cinema.com /Review/FilmsB/f_birds.html   (1513 words)

 Movie Spoiler for the film -THE BIRDS
Birds are swooping down pecking the children and Mitch, Melanie, Mrs.
The birds then launch a massive attack on the children as they are running towards town.
They go out, and the last shot in the film is of the car driving away, with birds behind it, watching it carefully.
www.themoviespoiler.com /Spoilers/birds.html   (1168 words)

 The Birds (1963)
The scene where Tippi Hedren is ravaged by birds near the end of the movie took a week to shoot.
The birds were attached to Tippi's clothes by long nylon threads so they could not get away.
Hitchcock makes his cameo appearance at the start of the film walking two dogs past the pet shop (the two terriers were actually his own).
hitchcock.tv /mov/birds/birds.html   (151 words)

 Movie Review: The Birds
There is no real attempt to explain why the birds turn nasty, though there is a suggestion that perhaps the caged lovebirds may be the source of the problem.
Nevertheless, many of bird scenes are chilling, particularly when they gather silently at a school playground before attacking the schoolchildren.
In one scene, she opens a door slightly to glance inside, screams in fright when she sees it is full of birds, and then manages to fall inside the room, so that her body blocks the door.
www.fortunecity.com /lavendar/heat/435/birds.htm   (880 words)

 MetroActive Movies | The Birds
Everything written was either "birds this" or "birds that." I remember learned professors on local radio and TV expounding on whether such a terrifying event might actually occur in the natural world.
I apologized and said something brilliant like, "We didn't know it was one of his birds." Despite the smooth line, it was difficult to snow the guy, with Ralph snarling and spitting curses in the background.
Their plan was to strategically release them during the moment in the movie when the birds attacked the villagers.
www.metroactive.com /papers/sonoma/04.30.98/birds-9817.html   (1459 words)

 DVD Times - Hitchcock Collection: The Birds
It was rare in 1963 for children to be treated quite so callously, at least in a mainstream film with a contemporary setting, and Hitchcock seems to relish the scenes where horrible little brats run around screaming with fake birds attached to their collars.
He reads the film as a study of the way in which the unpredictable inevitably invades the normal and sees the birds as the representation of that basic vulnerability which all human beings have when placed in situations they could not have foreseen.
The Birds is my favourite Hitchcock film and it's largely for the reasons that you describe - there's a feeling of calm underneath all of the chaos.
www.dvdtimes.co.uk /content.php?contentid=59175   (3156 words)

The pure horror of the inexplicable behavior of birds surrounding a small, seaside town sixty miles outside San Francisco is enough to provide a childhood of nightmares for a young viewer.
While the film starts out as a light romance set in San Francisco, hovering over every move is the specter of what's coming.
The attack of The Birds at the Brenner house is reminiscent of Night of the Living Dead several years later.
www.filmsondisc.com /DVDpages/birds.htm   (1234 words)

 Amazon.com: The Birds (Bfi Film Classics): Books: Camille Paglia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
BFI Film Classics are a treasure, featuring some of the most imaginative recent writing on movies and the film industry.
In his technically most difficult film, The Birds (1963), Alfred Hitchcock directly addresses the theme of destructive, rapacious nature that was always implicit in his fascination with crime.
Less hilarious than some of her other work, The Birds, film writing at its best and a cut well above most of the other titles in the BFI series, is a sheer pleasure to read.
www.amazon.com /Birds-Bfi-Film-Classics/dp/0851706517   (2368 words)

 CanMag- The Birds Remake?
Not only was the film a remake, but it was also exactly the same movie.
The film will be created by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes and Peter Guber's Mandalay Pictures.
It won't be the first time Universal, which was Hitchcock's home for the latter part of the producer-director's career, has been part of a remake of the master.
www.canmag.com /news/4/3/1060   (260 words)

 The Birds (1963)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Imagine Hitchcock trying to sell this idea to the film studios: the lives of a mundane country family are shattered when vicious rooks attack.
Younger viewers may get irritated with the slow stealth of the opening scenes and may want to thrash the T.V. when the film comes to its beautifully droll conclusion, but form once those birds start attacking, every viewer is riveted.
No director is more closely identified with the music of their films, but in Birds, Hitchcock created a horror that is uniquely quiet.
www.imdb.com /title/tt0056869   (469 words)

 The Birds Film Review - Time Out Film   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
'The Birds Is Coming' the advance posters twittered ungrammatically but with justifiable excitement.
With death dropping blandly out of a clear sky - its menace magnified into apocalypse from the crop-dusting scene in North by Northwest - this is Hitchcock at his best.
Birds of a feather...well all species of birds come together here to plot the destruction of mankind or at leat Tippi Hedren!
www.timeout.com /film/67850.html   (188 words)

 List of fictional birds - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.umd.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Sirin and Alkonost - Birds of Joy and Sorrow, by Viktor Vasnetsov.
The killer birds in the Hitchcock film The Birds (and the Daphne du Maurier story on which the film is based)
Bird song in transcribed form is found in Antonio Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, Richard Wagner's Siegfried, Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, Camille Saint-Saëns's Le Carnaval des Animaux and Olivier Messiaen's Chronochromie and Coleurs de la cité céleste.
en.wikipedia.org.cob-web.org:8888 /wiki/List_of_fictional_birds   (1679 words)

 NPR : Camille Paglia Weighs in on Hitchcock's 'The Birds'
NPR : Camille Paglia Weighs in on Hitchcock's 'The Birds'
Camille Paglia Weighs in on Hitchcock's 'The Birds'
To mark the film's 35th anniversary, Paglia has written a new book, also titled The Birds.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=1006655   (152 words)

 For the Birds (2000)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Plot Outline: A group of snooty birds roosting on a telephone wire get their just desserts when a goofy bird drops in.
To appreciate a small miracle like For the Birds, see it with children.
When a director can combine a visually joyful piece that is poignant as well as entertaining to anyone of any age, an Oscar is deserved.
imdb.com /title/tt0248808   (283 words)

 The Birds (1963) - Channel 4 Film review
Hitchcock's masterful suspense thriller has an ice blonde (Hedren) taking destiny into her own hands and pursuing Mitch Brenner (Taylor) to Bodega Bay.
Novelist Evan Hunter, better known under his pseudonym Ed McBain, had a hand in the script.
The Hours somehow changed my perception of myself and those around me. The film has such a sad (yet marvellous) ending that you can't help but think about your own life.
www.channel4.com /film/reviews/film.jsp?id=101185   (176 words)

 Hexapedia - The Birds (film) (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.umd.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The Birds (1963) is a horror film by Alfred Hitchcock, based on a short story by Daphne Du Maurier, who also wrote the novel Hitchcock's film Rebecca was based on.
This film is notable in that it has no music score per se (other than brief source music); instead a montage of assorted bird calls and sound effects put together by perennial Hitchcock composer Bernard Herrmann provides the "incidental music".
Birds attack her from all sides as she gazes at a gigantic hole in the ceiling.
www.hexafind.com.cob-web.org:8888 /encyclopedia/The_Birds_(film)   (1165 words)

 Schlaepfer Films   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
A made up trailer for a film we contemplated.
It was done in istopmotion rather than by frame record in our camera.
Remember to Right-Click and press SAVE TARGET AS!
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