Dir. Alfred Hitchcock. 1963, 119 mins. DCP. With Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy. Hitchcock’s masterpiece of avian horror puts Hedren’s mod socialite Melanie Daniels through the wringer as she flees for her life from Bodega Bay, California, seagulls, jays, hawks, and sparrows gone curiously amok. One of Hitch’s scariest, The Birds, with its deadly beaks and furiously flying feathers, is a wildly intense experience, enhanced by razor-sharp editing and a soundtrack with no music, only the sounds of birdcalls and flapping wings.
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