Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 39: Thu Jun 24

The Birds (Hitchcock, 1963): Castle Cinema, 7.30pm

This 16mm presentation is also being screened at the Castle Cinema on June 27th and July 4th.

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?).
Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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