Hitchcocktober comes to a close for 2013, with...
'The Birds' (1963) (Trailer below)
"A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness."
That's right...don't miss your chance to see 'The Birds' on one of San Diego's best and largest theater screens and audio systems (the Reading Gaslamp's Screen 1)!
One of the last great Hitchcock films...'The Birds' continues to hold a 96% rating at rottentomatoes.com and the eminent film critic David Thomson refers to it as Hitchcock's "last unflawed film". Starring Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette, Rod Taylor and Jessica Tandy...'The Birds' was nominated for an Oscar for Best Effects, Special Visual Effects but lost to the visually stunning and larger than life sets of "Cleopatra" (famously starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton).
Don't miss the end to the terrific 2013 Hitchcocktober series at the Reading Gaslamp!
Creator of this Event: Robb
Cost: Only $7.00 (includes $2 off a popcorn or soda - just ask for the discount!)
When and Where: We'll meet up in the lobby of the Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 at 6:40pm and head into the theater at 6:50pm.
After the Film: We may swing by somewhere close to chat and have a drink if enough folks are up for it.
Other Interesting Facts:
- As most people know...Alfred Hitchcock makes a cameo in many of his own films (he actually appears in 37 of the 52 films in which he was listed as the main director). Where does he appear in 'The Birds'? - At the start of the film walking two dogs out of the pet shop (the dogs were actually his own).
- Rod Taylor claims that the seagulls were fed a mixture of wheat and whiskey. It was the only way to get them to stand around so much.
- When audiences left the film's UK premiere at the Odeon, Leicester Square, London, they were greeted by the sound of screeching and flapping birds from loudspeakers hidden in the trees to scare them further.
- Also attending the London premiere were two flamingos, fifty red cardinals and starlings, and six penguins.
- Tippi Hedren was actually cut in the face by a bird in one of the shots.
- The sound of reel-to-reel tape being run backward and forward was used to help create the frightening bird squawking sounds in the film.
- Alfred Hitchcock kept a graph in his office, charting the rise and fall of the bird attacks in the film.
- The schoolhouse, in Bodega Bay, California, has also been known to be haunted, even back during the filming. According to Tippi Hedren, the entire cast was spooked to be there. She also mentioned how she had the feeling, while there, that "the building was immensely populated... but there was nobody there." When Hitchcock was told about the schoolhouse being haunted, according to Hedren, he was even more encouraged to film there.
- Tippi Hedren was required to really slap Doreen Lang, who played the hysterical mother that called Melanie "evil." Hedren was hesitant, having never slapped anyone before, but Lang convinced her to do it.
- Tippi Hedren's daughter Melanie Griffith was given a present by Alfred Hitchcock during the filming: a doll that looked exactly like Hedren, eerily so. The creepiness was compounded by the ornate wooden box it came in, which the young girl took to be a coffin.
- Mitch Zanich, owner of the Tides Restaurant at the time of shooting, told Hitchcock he could shoot there if the lead male in the film was named after him, and Hitch gave him a speaking part in the movie. Hitchcock agreed: Rod Taylor's character was named Mitch Brenner, and Mitch Zanich was given a speaking part. After Melanie is attacked by a seagull, Mitch Zanich can be heard saying to Mitch Brenner, "What happened, Mitch?"
- This was the first film to carry the Universal Pictures name after dropping the Universal-International name.