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The Birds (film)

The Birds (1963) is a horror film by Alfred Hitchcock, based on a short story by Daphne Du Maurier. (Hitchcock also adapted Du Maurier's novel Rebecca into an acclaimed film) about birds mobbing humans.

The screenplay for The Birds was written by Evan Hunter, better known as crime fiction novelist Ed McBain. This film is notable in that it has no music score per se (other than brief source music); instead a montage of assorted bird calls and sound effects put together by perennial Hitchcock composer Bernard Herrmann provides the "incidental music".

In the film, various kinds of birds attack Bodega Bay, California, a seaside village. It may be noted that in Du Maurier's story, the birds attack Britain instead of California.


Synopsis

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A young lady (Hedren) visits a bird shop on a Friday afternoon. There, she meets Mitch (Taylor), a lawyer that is looking for two lovebirds for his little sister. She pretends to be the shopkeeper, showing him various species of birds, until she accidentally lets out a canary. When Mitch reveals after the incident that he knows her as Melanie Daniels, the daughter of a newspaper magnate, and tells her off for being a spoiled prankster, she decides to pay a visit to his house to get back at him and give his sister the lovebirds that he couldn't obtain. Outside, a flock of pigeons menacingly circle the sky.

When she arrives at the town of Bodega Bay, she seeks out Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette), the local teacher, in order to learn the name of Mitch's sister, Cathy (Veronica Cartwright). Then, she travels out by boat and stealthily enters Mitch's house, placing the present in the living room. On the way back, however, a seagull inexplicably swoops down and claws her.

Cleaning up her wounds, Melanie gives Mitch the alibi that Annie was an old friend of hers and she wanted to pay a visit. She then returns to Annie's house, rents out a room for the weekend, and heads over to Mitch's house for dinner. There, his mother, Lydia (Jessica Tandy), argues with someone over the phone that the chicken feed she bought was defective—her chickens wouldn't eat a bite—only to learn that the vendor's own fowl, who had been given a different brand, had the same problem. After dinner, Melanie returns to Annie's house and the two chat about their past, when a thud is heard against the front door. Opening the door, Melanie discovers a dead crow sprawled on the ground.

The next day, Cathy hosts a birthday party. A peaceful flock of birds make their way across the clear blue sky as Melanie and Mitch walk along the beach. As time goes on, however, the sound of bird calls grows louder, and a shadowy cloud appears over the festivities. All of a sudden, a bird swoops down and switches Cathy on the ear, and an attack on the party commences. Terrified guests rush into the house as birds scratch, peck, and bite at them ravenously and without motive.

From then on, things go from bad to worse as bird attacks increase, both in scope and in violence. Lydia drives over to the farmer who sold her the defective chicken feed and discovers a gory corpse with his eyes gouged out. After fleeing the scene in a hysteria, Lydia begs Melanie to keep watch over Cathy during school the next day. A flock of crows gather in the playground, and when Melanie evacuates the school, they viciously tear at the children, nearly killing one of them.

At a pub where a majority of the children have evacuated, Melanie bears witness to the death of a gas clerk across the street after a seagull attacks him. A trail of gasoline makes its way down the road, to where a man is lighting a cigarette. The cries of bystanders are in vain, and a shattering explosion alerts scores of birds, who attack those who rushed out to help the clerk. Melanie runs to assist, but quickly retreats to a phone booth as she is attacked. From that vantage point, she bears witness to the horrific spectacle as birds rush at her from all angles. The local fire department soon arrives to fight the fire and end up fighting the birds instead. A dying man leans against the booth, slowly collapsing and leaving a streak of blood on the glass, which begins to crack as birds endlessly peck and fly at it. Finally, Mitch ventures into the storm and brings her back into the pub, where a woman accuses her of being cursed.

At last, the screeching of the birds comes to an end. Melanie sets out in search of Annie and Cathy. Annie lies dead on her porch, while a terrified Cathy uncontrollably sobs. Melanie comforts Cathy and Mitch brings Annie inside, as the afternoon descends into dusk.

Cathy, Melanie, Mitch, and Lydia hole up in their house, boarding up all the windows, doors, and openings, with the exception of a single fireplace that has a fire going around the clock. In this claustrophobic environment, the four spend hours wondering when the next attack will come. Finally, a clamor erupts, and Mitch quickly checks and repairs openings while the rest look on, terrified out of their wits. The power goes out, and Mitch gets a flashlight from the basement.

Later on, Melanie wakes up with the intuition that something is terribly wrong. She grabs Mitch's flashlight and carefully examines the rooms, then cautiously treads the stairs, opens a door, and goes inside. Birds attack her from all sides as she gazes at a gigantic hole in the ceiling. Unable to fight, she collapses onto the floor, nearly dying before Mitch comes and rescues her. Realizing that she needs to get to a hospital, he tells the others that they have to leave, and daringly ventures outside to get the car. Here, Hitchcock offers one of the most surreal and apocalyptic scenes to appear on film, as a sea of birds move under a cloudy twilight. Mitch quietly enters the garage and turns on the car radio, which reports that bird attacks have occurred further inland, mentioning the town of Santa Rosa, about thirty miles away. He brings the car around front and helps Cathy, Melanie, and Lydia inside, then drives away, parting waves of birds that seem to lie in anticipation of something...

The ending to this movie is purposefully abrupt in order to allow the audience to make their own guesses as to why these birds attacked. One reason could be revenge/uprising. The caged lovebirds brought along throughout the movie serve as a subtle justification to the bird attacks. Could the birds be getting back at mankind for all the abuse, exploiting and hunting they have been through?


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Could the birds be getting back at mankind for all the abuse, exploiting and hunting they have been through?. Another episode of The Simpsons features The Planet of the Apes: The Musical with the big number, Dr. Zaius. The caged lovebirds brought along throughout the movie serve as a subtle justification to the bird attacks. He then remembers the film's ending and breaks down like Taylor. One reason could be revenge/uprising. He replies that "The only danger is if they send us to that terrible Planet of the Apes". The ending to this movie is purposefully abrupt in order to allow the audience to make their own guesses as to why these birds attacked. In The Simpsons episode "Deep Space Homer" Homer is chosen to be an astronaut and in a press interview, is asked about the dangers of space.

He brings the car around front and helps Cathy, Melanie, and Lydia inside, then drives away, parting waves of birds that seem to lie in anticipation of something... There have been modifications from the original French novel:. Mitch quietly enters the garage and turns on the car radio, which reports that bird attacks have occurred further inland, mentioning the town of Santa Rosa, about thirty miles away. The movie was remade in 2001 - see Planet of the Apes. Here, Hitchcock offers one of the most surreal and apocalyptic scenes to appear on film, as a sea of birds move under a cloudy twilight. and two television series:. Realizing that she needs to get to a hospital, he tells the others that they have to leave, and daringly ventures outside to get the car. Planet of the Apes was followed by four sequels:.

Unable to fight, she collapses onto the floor, nearly dying before Mitch comes and rescues her. This is similar to the relation of yahoos and Houyhnhnms in Gulliver's Travels. Birds attack her from all sides as she gazes at a gigantic hole in the ceiling. The humans cannot talk and are made to work by the apes. She grabs Mitch's flashlight and carefully examines the rooms, then cautiously treads the stairs, opens a door, and goes inside. Human arrogance and self-assurance is also attacked by the Babel-like nuclear war, where humans are brought low (and rendered dumb) by their own science. Later on, Melanie wakes up with the intuition that something is terribly wrong. The ape's religious texts have a strong resemblance to the prose used in the King James Version of the Bible.

The power goes out, and Mitch gets a flashlight from the basement. In particular, the apes' prejudice against humans, based on religion, can be seen as an attack both on creationism (Taylor's trial bearing some resemblance to the real-life Scopes Monkey Trial) and the idea of an "evolutionary ladder" with humans at the top. Finally, a clamor erupts, and Mitch quickly checks and repairs openings while the rest look on, terrified out of their wits. The film uses the depiction of ape society to attack notions of human superiority. In this claustrophobic environment, the four spend hours wondering when the next attack will come. In 2001 the United States Library of Congress deemed the original film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. Cathy, Melanie, Mitch, and Lydia hole up in their house, boarding up all the windows, doors, and openings, with the exception of a single fireplace that has a fire going around the clock. It was nominated for Best Costume Design (Morton Haack) and Best Music, Original Score for a Motion Picture (not a Musical).

Melanie comforts Cathy and Mitch brings Annie inside, as the afternoon descends into dusk. It won an honorary Academy Award for John Chambers for his outstanding make-up achievement. Annie lies dead on her porch, while a terrified Cathy uncontrollably sobs. Schaffner. Melanie sets out in search of Annie and Cathy. It was directed by Franklin J. At last, the screeching of the birds comes to an end. The movie was adapted by Michael Wilson and Rod Serling from the novel La Planète des singes by Pierre Boulle.

Finally, Mitch ventures into the storm and brings her back into the pub, where a woman accuses her of being cursed. He realizes that he's really back on Earth (albeit in the future) and that mankind has finally decimated civilization by a nuclear war. A dying man leans against the booth, slowly collapsing and leaving a streak of blood on the glass, which begins to crack as birds endlessly peck and fly at it. But soon after his escape, Taylor discovers the Statue of Liberty half buried in the sand of a beach. The local fire department soon arrives to fight the fire and end up fighting the birds instead. But even his experience doesn't give Taylor the "why" on how apes became intelligent, talking creatures and humans the slaves (a question we eventually would find the answer to throughout the film series). From that vantage point, she bears witness to the horrific spectacle as birds rush at her from all angles. Zaius lets them go without further confrontation as he thinks it best for everyone if Taylor just disappears.

The cries of bystanders are in vain, and a shattering explosion alerts scores of birds, who attack those who rushed out to help the clerk. Melanie runs to assist, but quickly retreats to a phone booth as she is attacked. Zaius and a band of gorillas manage to find them and after a brief battle, Taylor and Nova are allowed to escape on horseback. A trail of gasoline makes its way down the road, to where a man is lighting a cigarette. They flee to the "Forbidden Zone", where they discover a cave with artifacts of human technology. At a pub where a majority of the children have evacuated, Melanie bears witness to the death of a gas clerk across the street after a seagull attacks him. But Taylor and Nova manages to escape with the aid of Cornelius and Zira. A flock of crows gather in the playground, and when Melanie evacuates the school, they viciously tear at the children, nearly killing one of them. Zaius, soon discovers Taylor's ability to talk and puts him on trial.

After fleeing the scene in a hysteria, Lydia begs Melanie to keep watch over Cathy during school the next day. The political leader, Dr. Lydia drives over to the farmer who sold her the defective chicken feed and discovers a gory corpse with his eyes gouged out. Taylor's voice eventually heals sufficiently that he can talk to Cornelius and Zira, who take a liking to him. From then on, things go from bad to worse as bird attacks increase, both in scope and in violence. Zaius sees some letters on the dirt and realizes Taylor possesses verbal intelligence. Terrified guests rush into the house as birds scratch, peck, and bite at them ravenously and without motive. Dr.

All of a sudden, a bird swoops down and switches Cathy on the ear, and an attack on the party commences. In one scene, Taylor attempts to write on the dirt to call Cornelius and Zira's attention, but he become frustrated when they do not notice them. As time goes on, however, the sound of bird calls grows louder, and a shadowy cloud appears over the festivities. Cornelius and Zira are scientists who take an interest in Taylor because of his lip movements that resemble talking. A peaceful flock of birds make their way across the clear blue sky as Melanie and Mitch walk along the beach. This latter fact is illustrated when Taylor eventually finds Landon, who has been lobotomized after revealing his talking ability. The next day, Cathy hosts a birthday party. The apes are divided: the warriors are gorilla-like, the politicians orangutan-like and the scientists chimpanzee-like.

Opening the door, Melanie discovers a dead crow sprawled on the ground. Taylor discovers that the apes, who can talk, are in control and use humans, who cannot talk, as slaves or for scientific experimentation. After dinner, Melanie returns to Annie's house and the two chat about their past, when a thud is heard against the front door. The captives are taken back to an ape city where Taylor is thrown into a cage with another captive, the beautiful Nova. There, his mother, Lydia (Jessica Tandy), argues with someone over the phone that the chicken feed she bought was defective—her chickens wouldn't eat a bite—only to learn that the vendor's own fowl, who had been given a different brand, had the same problem. One of the astronauts is shot and killed during the chase while Taylor and Landon are captured; Taylor is shot in the throat, an injury that prevents him from initially talking to the apes. She then returns to Annie's house, rents out a room for the weekend, and heads over to Mitch's house for dinner. After wandering around in mountainous terrain, they descend to a valley where they stumble across a group of people being chased by gorillas on horseback.

Cleaning up her wounds, Melanie gives Mitch the alibi that Annie was an old friend of hers and she wanted to pay a visit. They manage to escape in an inflatable boat and reach shore. On the way back, however, a seagull inexplicably swoops down and claws her. They awaken to find a fourth astronaut has died in space and their ship has started to sink. Then, she travels out by boat and stealthily enters Mitch's house, placing the present in the living room. Astronauts Taylor, Landon and Dodge are in deep hibernation when their spaceship crash lands in a lake on a planet in 3978 A.D. When she arrives at the town of Bodega Bay, she seeks out Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette), the local teacher, in order to learn the name of Mitch's sister, Cathy (Veronica Cartwright).
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Outside, a flock of pigeons menacingly circle the sky. The film is based on the novel by Pierre Boulle. When Mitch reveals after the incident that he knows her as Melanie Daniels, the daughter of a newspaper magnate, and tells her off for being a spoiled prankster, she decides to pay a visit to his house to get back at him and give his sister the lovebirds that he couldn't obtain. Planet of the Apes is a 1968 science fiction film in which an astronaut finds himself 2,000+ years in the future stranded on an earth-like planet, in which humans are enslaved by apes. She pretends to be the shopkeeper, showing him various species of birds, until she accidentally lets out a canary. The technology and general settings of the apes' towns are more primitive compared to the original descriptions by Pierre Boulle. There, she meets Mitch (Taylor), a lawyer that is looking for two lovebirds for his little sister. The humans wear primitive clothing although they were naked in the novel.

A young lady (Hedren) visits a bird shop on a Friday afternoon. The Planet of the Apes is indeed Earth, although in the original novel it is a different planet that is very similar.
. Ulysse has to learn it to get acquainted, while in the movie, Taylor has a throat wound which prevents him from speaking at first. It may be noted that in Du Maurier's story, the birds attack Britain instead of California. The apes speak perfect English, while they spoke a wholly different alien language in the book. In the film, various kinds of birds attack Bodega Bay, California, a seaside village. The hero is not a French called Ulysse Mérou anymore, but an American called Taylor.

This film is notable in that it has no music score per se (other than brief source music); instead a montage of assorted bird calls and sound effects put together by perennial Hitchcock composer Bernard Herrmann provides the "incidental music". Return to the Planet of the Apes (animated) (1975). The screenplay for The Birds was written by Evan Hunter, better known as crime fiction novelist Ed McBain. Planet of the Apes (1974). (Hitchcock also adapted Du Maurier's novel Rebecca into an acclaimed film) about birds mobbing humans. Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973). The Birds (1963) is a horror film by Alfred Hitchcock, based on a short story by Daphne Du Maurier. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972).

Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971). Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970). Woodrow Parfrey as Dr. Maximus. Lou Wagner as Lucius.

Robert Gunner as Landon. Linda Harrison as Nova. Honorious. James Daly as Dr.

James Whitmore as President of the Assembly. Zaius. Maurice Evans as Dr. Kim Hunter as Zira.

Roddy McDowall as Cornelius. Charlton Heston as George Taylor.

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