Sunday, April 09, 2006

the birds











this movie terrified certain people i know as children, but i am pleased to report that my own children had basically the same reaction i did when i first saw it. there are genuinely scary moments (when tippi hedren is attacked by crows and seagulls in the bedroom at night), but just as many that are perversely funny (especially when the schoolchildren are dive-bombed by crows). and it is strangely satisfying to see hedren's character, melanie, go from being utterly composed, perfectly pressed and tidy with her neat hairdo and her clean fur coat, to being pecked and bloodied by birds.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

...pecked and bloodied by birds. Just so--that's what happens to independent women in Alfred Hitchcock movies.

Anonymous said...

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lizzie lou said...

hmmm. i can't recall any other hitchcock movie that involved actual pecking by birds. although it's certainly true that he had conflicted feelings about independent women.

hey, who is this "anonymous" person, anyway??

margot said...

that was so, so funny.

lizzie lou said...

BIRDS UPDATE: we read on imdb that tippi hedren had actual live birds TIED TO HER BODY during the filming of this movie. and that she had to "rest" for a while at some kind of sanitorium after the film was finished. a little scary, after all -- for her and for the birds, i'd imagine.

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lizzie lou said...

hey, spam robot! do i have to add one of those pesky "word verification" thingys??