The sky is dark and it just started raining. Absolutely perfect setting for watching Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Birds. I love that movie! It’s so classic. Have you seen The Birds? If so, what did you think? Have you ever had any frightening experiences with birds?
Here’s the 1963 movie trailer:
And here’s an interesting interview with the master himself, and his leading lady Tippi Hedren:
So my rainy-day Sunday is spent being riveted yet again with the movie that I have seen dozens of times over the years. One notable film critic credits the movie as “Hitchcock’s last unflawed film.” That must be it: There’s certainly something about it that keeps me coming back. What movie is like that for you?
I first saw The Birds when I was a very young child. It terrified me. I have never wanted to see it again. I love some musicals and romantic comedies. I think The Shawshank Redemption is a beautiful movie. I like a lot of Woody Allen’s movies. I can’t think right now what my favorite movie is. I’ve been having memory problems ever since I watched Still Alice.
Hey Janie. Thanks for stopping by. Do you know I have never seen the Shawshank Redemption! I know I’m probably the only one in the country who hasn’t. I don’t even really know what it’s about. Shame on me! I would love to hear your opinion of The Birds if you watched it again as an adult. It’s just so classic and so Hitchcock. Seeing how the actresses of yesteryear were expected to act is actually quite funny. How times change!
The Birds is an excellent film! There is so much symbolism and Hitchcock loved using birds in many of his films. Remember in Psycho, Norman Bates likes to stuff things and you see a bird hovering over him. I have seen bird imagery in many of his films. The scene when she is waiting outside the school is quite chilling. Every time I see a bunch of birds hanging around I think Mr. Hitchcock is nearby. I recall, when I was a kid, we had a school trip to Ontario Place in Toronto. I was walking in a park area and this red wing Blackbird kept chirping . I had no idea he/she was feeling threatened. He flew down and used his talons on my head! You should have seen me run!
Wow, that sounds scary!!! I’ve only been on the receiving end of a bird’s discomfort and it was an owl that was hanging out in my tree. My dog was outside and apparently she was posing a threat because the owl kept swooping down to get at her. We got in the house pretty darn quick! I love birds.
So true about Hitchcock’s use of birds in his films! He was the grand master. Did you ever see the movie Hitch about his life and the making of Psycho? That was a great movie. He was played by Anthony Hopkins and his wife was played by Helen Mirren. Excellent movie! Thanks for stopping by Birgit!