Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Chirp, chirp, chirp!!

This year is the 45th anniversary of the movie “The Birds” by Alfred Hitchcock which has been considered one of the horror classics of all times.

The movie, based on a work with the same title by Daphne du Maurier, influenced and inspired other movies with similar plots or topics like apocalypses and nature’s revenge on humans. Some of these movies are: Marnie (1964), The Dark Half (1993), and The Birds: land’s end (1994) among others.

Lots of books have been written based on this film as well, an example is “The Birds” by Camille Paglia. In this book Ms. Paglia analyzes the perception about women that Hitchcock wanted to portray in the film. She also points out the different roles that women play in this movie which are very similar to the roles they learn from society. In other words, this movie is not only about birds, but, I am going to let you find that out for yourself.

Here some books and other materials related to this movie that might interest you:

The birds. Camille Paglia

The birds (DVD)

After Hitchcock : influence, imitation, and intertextuality. David Boyd

Hitchcock's music. Jack Sullivan

It's only a movie : Alfred Hitchcock, a personal biography Charlotte Chandler

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