Sunday, 17 March 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 86: Wed Mar 27

The Birds (Hitchcock, 1963): Prince Charles Cinema, 8.45pm

Chicago Reader review:'Alfred Hitchcock's most abstract film (1963), 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. Tippi Hedren's lead performance is still open to controversy, but her evident stage fright is put to sublimely Hitchcockian uses. With Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette, and Jessica Tandy (and does anyone besides me believe that Mrs. Brenner was having an affair with Dan Fawcett?).'

Here is the scene where Mrs Brenner finds Dan Fawcett. Not for the squeamish.

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