THE BIRDS: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:06

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Audubon Shrugged: A town suffers an avian onslaught in Alfred Hitchcock's THE BIRDS.

Next vacation, break away to beautiful Bodega Bay, CA, where the welcome is warm, the sun is shining, and the gulls want to peck your eyes out. Don’t order the fried chicken.

With no new genre release in the theaters, the Spotlight gang takes a fiftieth anniversary look at Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 classic of nature in revolt (and psycho-sexual tension), THE BIRDS. Having all undergone the same, formative (some would say traumatic) childhood experience when the film debuted on broadcast TV back in the sixties, Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French,  and Dan Persons return to one of Hitchcock’s most enigmatic works, placing the film into the context of his long and impressive career, discussing whether its impact still holds (short answer: Oh my God, yes), and trying to sort out its myriad puzzles. Board up the windows, block the fireplace, and click the player to hear the show.

About the Author

Dan Persons

DAN PERSONS is a New York-based writer who first got bit by the Cinefantastique bug when he encountered the 1979 double issue devoted to the sci-fi classic FORBIDDEN PLANET. He contributed for many years to the magazine, first as a correspondent, then as an editor.

One Response to “ THE BIRDS: CFQ Spotlight Podcast 4:06 ”

  1. Thanks for the discussion guys. I haven’t been able to listen for a while, but this film forced me to carve out the time. One more item might be added to the list of discussion. While some concerns were raised in your discussion about aspects of the special effects, it might also be pointed out that Ub Iwerks and Disney Studios drew upon the sodium vapor process or yellow screen for the mattes with the flying birds. This resulted in an Academy Award Nomination. Perhaps I missed this in your discussion. But I’d have to disagree that this is better than Psycho. I’d give that a slight edge, but only a slight one. A terrific film worth repeated viewing.

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