Movie #23: The Birds

As the birds swarm our newly installed backyard feeder, I think, of course, of Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1963 movie which introduced Tippi Hedren, mother to Melanie Griffiths, who, it must be said, doesn’t look like she’s had much work if any done on her face, unlike so many of her acting cohort.

But back to Hitchcock. Beyond his intentionally creepy on-screen persona in Alfred Hitchcock Presents, I have a vague sense that Hitchcock was personally creepy, at least with young women wanting to be movie stars. Hollywood, after all. What are the odds?

I look to see if any of that is covered in the Wiki article, and there is that and more. Be careful what you look for. But I also stumble across a few funny bits, like this one.

I remember discussing with a method actor how he was taught and so forth.
He said, ‘We’re taught using improvisation. We are given an idea
and then we are turned loose to develop [it] in any way we want to.’
I said, ‘That’s not acting. That’s writing.’
– Hitchcock’s 1967 recounting of an encounter

All of which has nothing to do with my The Birds. I just wanted to juxtapose these charming backyard visitors with some ridiculously ominous music more suited to Hitchcock’s film, or to Daphne du Maurier’s original short story. And so I did.

What’s next? I’m not sure, but I’ve thought about a Field of Dreams version. Tagline?

Fill it and they will come.



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8 Responses to Movie #23: The Birds

  1. Your film is crying out for subtitles. As soon as I saw those jail-house striped caps, I knew we were unraveling a mystery but I don’t know the language.

  2. Jim Robertson says:

    Very nice collection of your feathered friends ( We won’t talk about your four-legged not-friends that visit your backyard.)

    Nice pics. What a difference a few yards make.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Jim – Thanks kindly. Yes, even through the window it’s possible to get decent shots: closer than when they’re in the adjacent trees, for sure, and the chance for a less-cluttered background. If trees and bushes can count as clutter . . .

  3. GREAT music — made those birds seem like thugs.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barbara – Scary, eh? I think I’ve seen demos of how the music can change the whole tone and even the meaning of a movie scene – quite startling. It sure makes you appreciate the art of adding musical scores to films.

  4. John Whitman says:

    Isabel – clothes may make the man, but music definitely makes the bird.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      John – Thanks! And watch out for the goldfinches – they’re the most dangerous!

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