Universal's Legacy of Horror: The Birds (1963)

Date: October 23 at 7:30pm
Location: Samuel Goldwyn Theater 8949 Wilshire Boulevard Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Description: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences screens Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 masterpiece as part of "A Monstrous Centennial: Universal's Legacy of Horror," a series of screenings and an exhibition of artwork from the golden age of movie monsters created by Universal Studios. Unlike the black-and-white Gothic-themed films that made Universal famous, THE BIRDS is more modern approach, producing a sense of apocalyptic fear in the face of inexplicable events, as the titular ornithids begin massing and attacking humans for no apparent reason. But don't expect non-stop mayhem. Part of Hitchcock's little joke is to tease audience expectations by beginning the film as a romantic comedy, which is gradually interrupted by the bird attacks. The slow build pays off magnificently; no one knew better than Hitchcock how to manipulate on-screen events to generate anticipation and suspense.

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