Target presents AFI's 40th Anniversary

presented by Tippi Hedren

THE BIRDS

Universal, 1963

PRINCIPAL CAST Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy
DIRECTOR Alfred Hitchcock
PRODUCER Alfred Hitchcock
SCREENWRITER Evan Hunter

A picturesque California oceanfront town, an attractive blonde and two charming lovebirds -- so why were audiences so shaken? Director Alfred Hitchcock masterfully crafted Daphne Du Maurier's short story about a village overtaken by flocking birds into one of the greatest horror films of all time. Tippi Hedren is the timeless heroine, Melanie Daniels, and the picture's use of silence, interwoven with ground-breaking electronic sounds instead of a traditional musical score, created an eerie feeling of calm before the storm. In the mid-1960s, THE BIRDS wasn't considered an environmental film, but critics today often see it as a cautionary tale of nature revolting against man.

119 Minutes

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