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‘The Birds’: Theaters Countrywide Air Hitchcock Masterpiece in 60th Anniversary Celebration

‘The Birds’: Theaters Countrywide Air Hitchcock Masterpiece in 60th Anniversary Celebration

Alfred Hitchcock definitely earned his recognition as one of the masters of the macabre through his movies like The Birds. Watching Tippi Hedren get attacked by the birds or other scenes from this flick are remembered by movie fans. It’s all part of a Hitchcock experience in the theater.

This past Sunday and Monday, Fathom Events sponsored theaters across the United States to show The Birds again, according to Forbes. Of course, the film shows what happens when birds attack citizens in Bodega Bay, Calif.

Fathom Events sponsored the showings of The Birds across America. They have done this with other classic films, giving the paying public other favorites to see. In the film, socialite Melanie Daniels (Hedren) starts to make her move toward single attorney Mitch Brenner, played by Rod Taylor.

‘The Birds’ Definitely Receives The Hitchcock Touch

Hitchcock ups the drama ante as things begin to heat up between a few people. This includes schoolteacher Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette), who is Mitch’s former lover, getting cross with Melanie. Toss in Mitch’s mother Lydia Brenner (Jessica Tandy) and it all becomes too much to take.

And of course, while this drama gets kick-started, in come the birds to make their presence felt.

But what happens at the end of this gripping drama? The family just drives away, and this happens after Melanie is attacked. No reason is given for their leaving the scene if you will. Back in 1963, these special effects used in The Birds received some high praise from reviewers. Compared to modern special effects work, the ones in this movie pale in comparison.

The Film is Still a Classic All These Years Later

Yet viewers of The Birds are still captivated by its drama after all these years. In case you did not know, The Birds is loosely based on a short story from Daphne du Maurier. Other cast members include Veronica Cartwright, Ethel Griffies, Charles McGraw, and Ruth McDevitt.

It’s no secret that Hitchcock provides quite a thrill with his movies. He’s known for putting people on the edge of their seats, and then letting them feel a little bit at ease for a while. One of my favorite Hitch flicks happens to be Rear Window, starring James Stewart. The movie has an ebb and flow to it that grips a viewer with fear one minute, then relaxation the next. It should be noted that Raymond Burr plays an excellent villain. No, he doesn’t look like Perry Mason in it.

Maybe you can make it a double-feature by watching The Birds and Rear Window at home. If you really feel adventurous and have a TV, then search around for MeTV and watch Alfred Hitchcock Presents.