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Cover 05/29/2013

Hitchcock's 1963 Classic 'The Birds' is Still Relevant Today

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TRIVIA For ‘the birds’:

• Hitchcock reportedly hated shooting on location because he couldn’t get the light exactly right and was often forced to re-dub the live sound recordings.

• Cameras were smeared with meat so that the birds would attack the lenses.

• A treadmill was used for the close up shots of people running. The actors complained how dangerous it was because if one person fell there was a domino effect on the rest.

• An alternate ending featured a shot of the town destroyed and the Golden Gate Bridge covered in birds.


June 11 – Barry Lyndon

June 18 – King Kong

July 2 – The Flowers of St. Francis

July 9 – Oscar Shorts

July 16 – Out of Africa

July 23 – Safety Last!

July 30 – All Quiet on the Western Front

August 6 – Singin’ in the Rain


San Antonio art scenesters may never be able to uncouple The Birds from local Chris McKnight’s clever “Beautiful Disaster” photography series featuring a Barbie replica of Tippi Hedren’s character, hair-chomping birds and all. Unveiled at a show titled “No Country for Old Tippi” at Three Walls in 2010, our then-arts editor Sarah Fisch wrote of the photos featuring the doll posed at various road trip locales, “The conceit of ‘No Country’ is terrific, witty, and fanciful, but the photographs’ execution is even better; McNight’s a master at staging each photograph to make Tippi appear credibly person-sized, a mysterious and near-melancholy observer/model rather than a miniaturized plastic object set into a landscape.” McKnight reports that his Tippi series is all wrapped up, but his creative, playful approach to photography may soon include another chapter. — CE

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