The Birds. 1963. USA. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Screenplay by Evan Hunter, based on a story by Daphne du Maurier. With Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Suzanne Pleshette. 35mm. 119 min.
The avian world declares war on the human inhabitants of the northern California town of Bodega Bay. Hitchcock comments on the design of the film: “In order to get the characters right, I had every inhabitant of Bodega Bay—man, woman, child—photographed for the costume department. The restaurant is the exact copy of the one up there. The home of the schoolteacher is a combination of a schoolteacher’s house in San Francisco and the home of a schoolteacher in Bodega Bay…because as you may remember, the schoolteacher in that picture works in Bodega Bay but she comes from San Francisco.”