This film fits into the category of a 'disaster movie'. It starts off with a woman (blonde, of course.) named Melanie Daniels who travels to Bodega Bay to drop of a pair of love birds for a man's sister. She meets this man named Mitch Brenner in the city of San Fransisco. When she arrives at this island, she notices the strange behavior of the birds that inhabit it. They appear to be getting more and more violent as the time progresses. As reviewer Boseley Crowther states,"Mr. Hitchcock and his associates have constructed a horror film that should raise the hackles on the most courageous and put goose-pimples on the toughest hide."Crowther,Boseley.(1963).The New York Times Film Review. The Birds (1963)
|Fig 1: The Birds Film Poster|
|Fig 2: The Birds Assembling On The Climbing Bars|
|Fig 3: Melanie Being Attacked By Birds In Mitch's House|
Throughout the film, the lovebirds never attack. They remain calm and non-hostile. That is an aspect of the film that can be perceived as a Metaphor. That love always survives in the end.
The end of the film shows the characters of Melanie, Mitch, his sister and mother and the two love birds driving off to the city while the birds sit watching.
The story never thoroughly concludes. It leaves the essence lingering. It is up to the audience to decide the fate of the characters and how they would tackle the birds. Maybe they are messengers of Earth and are trying to depict a message to the humans to stop ruining the planet. Or maybe they're just a bunch of crazy birds.
Crowther,Boseley.(1963).The New York Times Film Review. The Birds (1963). Available online at: http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9D05E7D9143CEF3BBC4953DFB2668388679EDE
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Null, Christopher.(2004). FilmCritic.com Film Review. The Birds Available online at: http://www.filmcritic.com/reviews/1963/the-birds/ Accessed 2nd March 2012
Panton, Gary.(2004). Movie-gazette.com Film Review. The Birds. Available online at: http://movie-gazette.com/645/the-birds Accessed 2nd March 2012
List of Illustrations:
Figure 1: Hitchcock,Alfred. (1963). The Birds http://hitchcock.tv/mov/birds/birds.html Accessed 2nd March 2012
Figure 2: Hitchcock,Alfred. (1963). The Birds http://diaryofascreenwriter.blogspot.com/2012/02/alfred-hitchcock-on-making-birds.html Accessed 2nd March 2012
Figure 3: Hitchcock,Alfred. (1963). The Birds http://www.best-horror-movies.com/the-birds.html Accessed 2nd March 2012