#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Melanie Daniels is the modern rich socialite, part of the jet-set who always gets what she wants. When lawyer Mitch Brenner sees her in a pet shop, he plays something of a practical joke on her, and she decides to return the favor. She drives about an hour north of San Francisco to Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends the weekends with his mother Lydia and younger sister Cathy. Soon after her arrival, however, the birds in the area begin to act strangely. A seagull attacks Melanie as she is crossing the bay in a small boat, and then, Lydia finds her neighbor dead, obviously the victim of a bird attack. Soon, birds in the hundreds and thousands are attacking anyone they find out of doors. There is no explanation as to why this might be happening, and as the birds continue their vicious attacks, survival becomes the priority.
Plot: Chic socialite Melanie Daniels enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. But upon her arrival, the bird population runs amok. Suddenly, the townsfolk face a massive avian onslaught, with the feathered fiends inexplicably attacking people all over Bodega Bay.
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Certainly has some creepy imagery and the acting was mostly passable, and I guess it works as a B-movie horror-thriller, but I never really found the birds all that terrifying. Probably the lower end of the Hitchcock movies I’ve seen. **3.25/5**
Birds of a different feather do indeed flock together.
The Birds is directed by Alfred Hitchcock and adapted to screenplay by Evan Hunter from the story of the same name written by Daphne du Maurier. It stars Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright and Ethel Griffies. Cinematography is by Robert Burks and editing by George Tomasini.
Mother’s love? Better to be ditched or loved?
When animals attack! The only outright horror movie that Alfred Hitchcock ever directed, The Birds sees the great man get the utmost terror from something so amiable in our lives – Birds! Modern day critics can hark on about it being dated all they like, it still doesn’t detract from what a frenzied experience “The Birds” can still be – let alone what it did for cinema goers in 1963! Admittedly upon small screen ventures too much is missed or under enhanced, which is a crying shame.
But it isn’t dark Annie! It’s a full moon.
Plotting is simple in trajectory terms. Hip socialite Melanie Daniels (Hedren) has a friendly vocal joust in a pet shop with handsome Mitch Brenner (Taylor), the result of which sees Melanie, on a mischievous whim, buy a couple of lovebirds and set off for Mitch’s weekend retreat out in Bodega Bay to deliver them as a show of devilish womanhood. Upon arrival in Bodega Bay, though, Melanie seems to be the spark for the birds in the area to start attacking humans, and pretty soon the attacks escalate and intensify…
Hitchcock and Hunter offer up no reasons or answers for what occurs in Bodega Bay (to keep it murky we learn late on via radio that other towns become affected), and famously the ending is open ended as well, forcing the audience to unravel ideas themselves. There’s no musical score in the film, thus Hitchcock gets the terror and tension out of editing, bird effects and unholy sounds. The pacing is also a key area, it’s a good hour before things go decidedly nasty, the wait keeps the viewer on edge, we seriously get to know the principal characters (the actors worked well by Hitch) and then the terror is unleashed. Perfect.
Hitchcock’s skill at staging a memorable scene is well evident here. The climbing frame that sees one crow arrive, cutaway as Melanie smokes on a bench, back to the frame and now it’s four crows, cutaway, back, and five crows – eight – then a “murder of crows”. The birds first attack at the birthday party, the telephone kiosk, gas station mayhem, the birds swooping into view above the school roof and the POV viewpoint as we join a bird hovering above a town under siege, all great scenes, as is the crowning glory that is the eerie silence that accompanies the edge of your seat finale.
Motifs are plentiful, from Mothers to sexuality, from broken crockery – to glass – to abandonment fears, Hitch has fun, especially with the human interactions, or lack of in certain scenes. It’s a film that cries out for analysis, such is the director’s want, in turn it’s a riveting horror picture and a crafty enigma. It sounded daft as a basic idea for a film, and some must have thought Hitchcock had missed the boat of the creature feature boom of the 50s. Yet “The Birds” stands tall and proud as a damn fine piece of film from a true maestro of his craft, one of his last true classics and still today, over 50 years after its release, the film provokes theory discussion and visual terror in equal measure. 9/10
Birds don’t just go around attacking people, do they?
I still have quite a few of Hitchcock classics to see, but I can already rest assured that “The Birds” will remain my all-time favorite effort by this legendary director. Being primarily a horror movie junkie, I consider this milestone to be the pioneer in the delicious ‘nature revolts’ sub genre. For reasons that remain unexplained throughout the entire movie, birds spontaneously launch virulent and aggressive attacks against the inhabitants of Bodega Bay; a little seaside town 90 miles away from San Francisco. Still several years after the release of this film, clever and ingenious independent horror film directors borrowed this formula and used it as an excuse to manifest practically every species of the animal kingdom as vicious killing machines, usually because of the ongoing pollution by mankind. But “The Birds” remains the original classic even though the story develops itself very slowly and the script refuses to give any type of explanation whatsoever. For nearly a full hour, the film simply focuses on the bizarre love-story between the spoiled daughter of newspaper owner and an arrogant crime attorney. She drives out to his parental house in Bodega Bay, where he spends all of his weekends, to play out a practical joke. “The Birds” then subsequently unfolds itself as a strangely compelling romance between the two aforementioned characters, but also the embittered local school teacher and the attorney’s frigid mother. The interactions between these four unusual characters are often downright eerie and there isn’t even a bird in sight at that moment! Meanwhile, however, the menace of our ‘feathered friends’ is continuously present and noticeable. The attacks gradually increase in number and intensity, like the birds are putting up some sort of strategy even though there’s no obvious motive. After the virulent attack during a child’s birthday party, the thriller definitely shifts into high gear, with many sequences that are righteously considered as classic by now (the schoolyard, the phone booth, the exploding gas station). Hitch’s nickname ‘The Master of Suspense’ is justified through many individual moments here in this film, like when the entire community seeks shelter inside the café and accuses the girl of bringing this mayhem upon them. The film’s brilliant anti-climax, with thousands of birds just sitting and suspiciously waiting outside the Brenner house is legendary and imitated copious of times. “The Birds” is a perplexing Hitchcock landmark, with a couple of surprisingly shocking make-up effects and a truly ominous atmosphere that still manages to send cold shivers of fright down your spine.
I Never Get Tired of Watching “The Birds”
I recall watching “The Birds” for the first time when I was about 8 years old and afterwards I was afraid of birds for years. (I’d still be freaked if one flew into a room I was in!)
I’ve probably watched “The Birds” over 25 times since I first saw it in the 1970’s and it still impresses me. By what exactly? Many things.
First, the special effects were amazing for a film from 1963. How did Hitchcock get the birds to attack (I read that Hitchcock once joked when asked that question: “They were well paid!)
Secondly, the detailed camera angles that Hitchcock put into the film. You notice this almost immediately in the Bird Shop when the bird is flying around loose. Who would ever think to film “arms and the ceiling”? Later in the Phone Booth the scene is filmed as if Melanie is in a “bird cage”. Other astounding angles include when the birds attack the house, not to mention the final attack in the bedroom. So many directors shoot scenes in a boring manner, but not Hitchcock.
The more times I view “The Birds” the more I understand the ending, but I do agree that at first I was not satisfied with it. I wanted the birds to either finish the job or to be challenged by something (Mitch did hear on Melanie’s car radio that perhaps the military might be called in!) but we never saw anything like that. I guess that’s why we have imaginations!
‘Tippi’ Hedren was a beautiful cool blonde who played Melanie Daniels as she should have – icy and yet ultimately very vulnerable. Rod Taylor as Mitch Brenner seemed a good reason for her to travel to Bodega Bay. Jessica Tandy as Lydia was what you’d expect of an older, widowed, small town woman from that time. Suzanne Pleshette as Annie Hayworth, the school teacher, with her dark beauty was quite a contrast to Melanie and I felt awful at her death by the birds. Veronica Cartwright as Kathy Brenner was a little annoying when she cried but then that IS what young girls do!!
Of course some of the dialogue is dated but that’s with most films.
There is really nothing I dislike about “The Birds” as you can probably tell. Others may disagree, and they’re entitled to their opinion. I just think everyone should re-watch “The Birds” a little deeper; perhaps it will change their perspective on it.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 59 min (119 min)
Genre Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Director Alfred Hitchcock
Writer Daphne Du Maurier (from the story by), Evan Hunter (screenplay by)
Actors Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, Tippi Hedren
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations.
Production Company Universal Pictures, Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions
Sound Mix Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Mitchell BNC, Bausch & Lomb Super Baltar Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 3,280 m (Finland), 3,280 m (Sweden)
Negative Format Eastman Color Hegative Film, 50T, Type 5250
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (4K) (2020 remaster), Spherical
Printed Film Format Technicolor Dye Transfer prints, 35 mm