Classic Film: 50th Anniversary Screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds
03/28/2013, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
$8/$6 Brooks members, free with VIP Film Pass. map
Vacationing in northern California, Alfred Hitchcock was struck by a story in a Santa Cruz newspaper: “Seabird Invasion Hits Coastal Homes.” From this peculiar incident, and his memory of a short story by Daphne du Maurier, the master of suspense created one of his strangest and most terrifying films, which premiered as an invitation-only screening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on March 28, 1963. The Birds
follows a chic blonde, Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), as she travels to the coastal town of Bodega Bay to hook up with a rugged fellow (Rod Taylor) she’s only just met. Before long the town is attacked by marauding birds, and Hitchcock’s skill at staging action is brought to the fore. Beyond the superb effects, however, The Birds
is also one of Hitchcock’s most psychologically complicated scenarios, a tense study of violence, loneliness, and complacency.
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
U.K. | 1963 | 120 minutes
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