Last week while I was on vacation I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the movies during the middle of a Wednesday afternoon. It felt so decadent sitting in the nearly empty movie theater, the cool air conditioning blowing gently on my face, with only 10 or so other people sitting around me. I was there to see The Birds, the chilling 1963 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. I’ve seen it a few times, but the experience of watching it on a big screen in a hushed and dark theater was exhilarating. The wonderful opening scene in the pet shop between Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor, when they flirt over the lovebirds, had me smiling and laughing and brought a touch of romance to the film before the menace began. I was completely riveted to the screen for the duration of the film and walked out of the theater in awe at the magnificent atmosphere that Hitchcock created with his powerful imagery and subtle dialogue.
The Birds was presented by Turner Classic Movies in association with Fathom Events, a company that brings unique events and classic films to mainstream theaters. They show the Metropolitan Opera, rock concerts, sporting events and comedians in addition to beloved movies like The Sound of Music, Lawrence of Arabia and Singing in the Rain. Next month they are presenting Frankenstein and The Bride of Frankenstein and E.T.(none of which I’m able to attend), but on November 15 I will definitely be in my seat to watch To Kill a Mockingbird. I’m really grateful for this opportunity as there are no classic film theaters in my area.
Do you like classic films? Do you have a favorite Hitchcock?
I hope you all have a beautiful fall weekend filled with lots of laughter, relaxation and reading!