Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Birds

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I was reminded of the Hitchcock movie The Birds today (walking through the park in town).

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Even though this is a very scary film, thinking of the first time I saw it always makes me smile (or laugh). It was in my mid-teens (around 1970) at the cinema in the company of two girlfriends. In one of the most suspenseful scenes in the film, the people on screen are just sitting inside a house waiting anxiously for the next attack… The whole audience in the cinema is holding their breath too – it’s so quiet you could hear a pin drop. Then one of my friends breaks the silence by whispering: “Why are they just sitting there? Why don’t they play Ludo or something?” – and to everyone else’s annoyance, the three of us burst out in giggles of the unstoppable kind only teenage girls can produce. Totally embarrassing – and unforgettable! (still, after over 40 years)

6 comments:

  1. i have a post in my drafts that mentions this movie... and how it fed my fear of birds that lasted to this day... I am a little better than i was back then and the amazing thing to me is that it has been 40 years since I saw it. and each time it came on TV i just zoomed right on by it. when your post opened and i saw the first photo my first thought was Wow just like in The Birds

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  2. Don't you just love memories like that. I do remember that Movie, and my oldest daughter still is afraid of birds. It really had an effect on her. When teenagers get the giggles..there is no stopping it! HaHa

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  3. I grew up on Alfred Hitchcock and I love scary movies......your photo is really a great reminder of The Birds.

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  4. Believe it or not, I never watched the movie, although of course I know about it. Your "giggly" story made me smile - having been in many a similar, unstoppable-giggle-situation myself as a teenager. And of course the more you know giggling is appropriate at that moment, the more it makes you giggle.
    As little as I like winter, I do like the silhouettes of trees visible only when there are no leaves on them.

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  5. I've never seen the movie and dislike horror movies and stories. However I was once thrown out of a matinee performance as a child when a trailer for a horror movie was shown and my friends and I found it absolutely hilarious: the cinema manager didn't appreciate our uncontrollable mirth.

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