The Birds (Better Know Your Hitchcock)
Dr. Girlfriend and I are on a major Alfred Hitchcock kick, and we thought we’d take you along for the ride. We’re going on a tour of some of his most famous films, a journey that’s sure to be filled with thrills, chills and other words that often appear on Hitchcock movie posters. I’m not going to bother scoring or all out reviewing Hitchcock’s movies because they’re all great, all classics – this is more of an awareness campaign reminding you to check ’em out. Today, we’re taking a look at The Birds.
The Birds starts out like a Hitchcock movie, but then it just goes CRAZY! The pet shop scenes in the first act give you the usual Hitchcock setup: lots of dialogue, character backgrounds and what not, but once you leave the city, things get wacky. First, there’s just one pissed off bird. Then a flock of pissed off birds. Then more birds than you’ve ever seen in one place, and they’re all pissed, pissed, PISSED!
From a film making standpoint, Hitchcock uses every technique that was available to him to accomplish the bird effects: rear projection, animation, puppets, live birds, live birds tied to the lead actress (Tippi Hedren) and other practical effects. And then, after all that, the movie just kinda ends and it’s up to the viewer to decide what happens. It’s a very unsettling end to a somewhat unsettling movie that starts out as a story about two young people who you assume might want to do it together and descends into birds administering ass kicking madness!
It’s weird, but it’s awesome, and I highly recommend it. I think that’s fair… this is the weirdest of Hitchcock’s movies – at least that I’ve seen. Check it out!
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