The Birds (1963)
Screening format: Sony 4K DCP (119 Mins)
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Tippi Hedren & Rod Taylor
Tickets are sold out. A standby line will be provided at the door. We will let patrons in on a first come-first serve basis if tickets become available.
A flirtatious encounter involving a pair of lovebirds in a San Francisco pet shop leads socialite Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) on a trip to Bodega Bay in pursuit of lawyer Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor) in Hitchcock’s adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s short story. Over the course of several days, Mitch’s small hometown is harried by increasingly violent attacks by wild birds, which Melanie and the townspeople are at a loss to explain or predict.
In a post-screening Q&A, actress Tippi Hedren will discuss the process of filming The Birds with moderator Ross Melnick of the UCSB Film and Media Studies department. Following the discussion, Hedren will be available to sign copies of her new memoir, Tippi.
The Carsey-Wolf Center and the Pollock Theater are pleased to present a series of films dedicated to exploring the work of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, whose career spanned two continents and more than six decades. “Expanded Hitchcock” will include classic Hitchcock films seen from a new angle, recently restored films, and a special screening of an early film with musical accompaniment.
Tippi Hedren is an actress, author and animal rights activist. She made her film debut in The Birds and subsequently appeared in Hitchcock's psychological drama Marnie (1964). Her many later film and television credits include Charlie Chaplin's final film A Countess from Hong Kong (1967), the political satire Citizen Ruth (1996), and the existential comedy I Heart Huckabees (2004). Through her non-profit Roar Foundation, she supports the care and preservation of big cats through The Shambala Preserve, an 80-acre wildlife habitat in southern California.
Ross Melnick specializes in media industry history and analysis, film, radio, and television history, archival theory and practice, silent cinema, early radio and media convergence, newsfilm, and U.S. and global film exhibition. His most recent book is American Showman: Samuel ‘Roxy’ Rothafel and the Birth of the Entertainment Industry, 1908-1935 (Columbia University Press, 2012). His articles have been published in Cinema Journal, Film History, The Moving Image, and Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television (forthcoming).
This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center and the Department of Film & Media Studies.