Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Library Film Series Features The Birds

The Birds (1963) is perhaps the strangest film Alfred Hitchcock ever made, or at least the most unlikely. Though the film’s tension comes more from suspense than horror, placing the narrative in the British director’s wheelhouse, it’s still an odd choice for Hitchcock. While it’s not the only quasi-horror film he ever made (Psycho has to be counted there), it is the only film he ever made where the threat didn’t come from another human being. In this case, it came from birds. Near the end of his career, when he was entrenched as one of the greatest directors in the world, he decided to make a B-movie creature feature.

The Birds tells the story of a small coastal town in California where the local avian residents stop acting like birds and start acting like murderous monsters. The story follows Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), and a few hangers-on (Jessica Tandy is excellent as Mitch’s chilly mother) as they try to escape the aerial attack of feathered nightmares.

Join us on Thursday, October 20, at 7 p.m., for this fun (and frightening) movie. It's the perfect film for an October night. David Nilsen will be leading a brief discussion after the movie, and, as always, there will be free theater popcorn, candy, coffee, and Jones Soda. We hope to see you there.

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