- Sunday, November 20, 2011 3:00 p.m.
Ornithological menace threatens two lovebirds (Tippi Hedren as Melanie Daniels and Rod Taylor as Mitch Brenner) when the peaceful seaside town of Bodega Bay comes inexplicably under attack by crows, sparrows, and seagulls in one of Hitchcock’s signature masterpieces. Is it a sign of the apocalypse? Are the birds enacting a final revenge for their captivation and consumption by humans? Has Melanie’s arrival somehow caused these attacks? Based on the true story of birds attacking residents of Capitola, California, in 1961, the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Special Effects, and the Bengal Film Journalists Association gave Hitchcock the Best Director Award (watch for his cameo at the beginning of the film). Also starring Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, and introducing Veronica Cartwright. (35mm)