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THE BIRDS

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Part of the seriesUNIVERSAL 100

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THE BIRDS

(1963, Alfred Hitchcock) “The Birds is Coming!” Playgirl Tippi Hedren, after exchanging barbs with lawyer Rod Taylor in a Frisco pet shop, follows him to Bodega Bay, with a gift of — gulp! — lovebirds... and then nature turns. Hitchcock’s tour de force of terror from the mundane features a completely music-less track of electronic avian sounds supervised by Herrmann. Color; Approx. 120 min. 35mm.

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"Hitchcock's most abstract film, and perhaps his subtlest, still yielding new meanings and inflections after a dozen or more viewings. As emblems of sexual tension, divine retribution, meaningless chaos, metaphysical inversion, and aching human guilt, his attacking birds acquire a metaphorical complexity and slipperiness worthy of Melville."
– Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

"With death dropping blandly out of a clear sky - its menace magnified into apocalypse from the crop-dusting scene in North by Northwest - this is Hitchcock at his best. Full of subterranean hints as to the ways in which people cage each other, it's fierce and Freudian as well as great cinematic fun, with ample fodder for the amateur psychologist following up on Hitch's tortuous involvement with his leading ladies."
– Tom Milne, Time Out (London)

“Making a terrifying menace out of what is assumed to be one of nature’s most innocent creatures and one of man’s most melodious friends, Mr. Hitchcock and his associates have constructed a horror film that should raise the hackles of the most courageous and put goose-pimples on the toughest hide.”
– The New York Times

“Enough to make you kick the next pigeon you come across.”
– Judith Crist

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