The next scream you hear may be your own! “The Birds” (1963)

directed by Alfred Hitchcock
© 1963 Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Today, I’m taking you to the 60s to have a little chat with uncle Alfred. I have to admit that “The Birds” isn’t my favourite film by Hitchcock, but I definitely appreciate the effort and the amount of work they put into making it. Besides, films where animals show their dominance over people are simply satisfying for me, so I’m definitely going to recommend this one. The main character is Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), who walks into a pet store and gets mistaken for an employee. However, the man who asks her for help, Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), seems so charming that Melanie decides not to tell him the truth. Mitch is looking for a gift for his sister’s birthday and was considering buying lovebirds. In the end, he leaves with nothing, but Melanie do buy the birds and plans to deliver them to the man. She finds out that he’s left for his family’s farm in Bodega Bay, so there she goes. I’m not going to tell you exactly what happens next, but generally, everyone in that town becomes the victim of… birds. And no, not the lovebirds, all the possible wild birds you can imagine. If you think it’s ridiculous, well, it is. At least I perceive it this way. However, the whole film is a beautiful metaphor and a kick in our common human butt, I would say. I don’t want to say too much, because I think reading Hitchcock’s films can be quite tricky and entertaining, so try yourselves. Still, when you’ll be watching the film, try to pay attention to the special effects and the birds in particular. Some of them were made specially for this production, but you may not even notice that they aren’t real. Obviously, not all the birds were mechanical, so don’t be surprised to see actual living birds. And I’m sure that the special effects won’t be that exciting for some of you, yet try to remember it’s a film from the 60s. Making such a production then was like making another Marvel film in our times. Still, not to finish with too much sugar in this post, I think the screenplay was slightly dull, so that’s why it’s not one of my favourites. But since I’m a bit scared of birds, I can’t rate the film any lower, because I know they’re watching and I want to survive 2020. I recommend you to do the same.

My rating: 7/10
S.

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