Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. US. 1963. PG-13. 119 minutes. Universal. Digital.
Sponsored by Floyd da boid
Sun., March 19, 2017
Jennifer Fleegler, Assistant Professor of Media & Communications Studies at Ursinus, will introduce the film starting at 1:45PM.
After the runaway success of Hitchcock’s masterpiece, Psycho (1960), the general consensus was that he would never be able to match it for tension and horror. Then, after three years of preparation, he gave the world The Birds, and the critics were stunned. This, like many of Hitchcock’s best works, demands re-watching, if only to appreciate the power of some of its most haunting images: e.g., the birds slowly gathering on a school’s monkey bars, the attack on the children’s birthday party, the point-of-view shot of the birds as they descend on the peaceful village of Bodega Bay, Tippi Hedrin trapped in a bird-filled attic, and many, many others. Even in this current day of explicit horror films, because of the realism and tension that Hitchcock brings to bear, The Birds deserves to come with a warning: Don’t bring the kiddies! (Bill Roth)