The Birds

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British Film Institute, Aug 26, 1998 - Fiction - 104 pages
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The Birds (1963) was the film Alfred Hitchcock made after Psycho. Drawn from a Daphne du Maurier story as well as contemporary newspaper reports of bird attacks in California, The Birds featured Tippi Hedren in her first starring role. A film about anxiety, sexual power and the violence of nature, it is quintessential Hitchcock. Camille Paglia draws together the film's aesthetic, technical and mythical qualities, and analyses its depiction of gender and family relations.

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Review: The Birds (BFI Modern Classics / BFI Film Classics)

User Review  - Thomas Strömquist - Goodreads

"Fantastic analysis and background to "The Birds". I've read this a couple of times now (and watched the movie of course, it is probably impossible not to after this book). A lot of books offers ... Read full review

Review: The Birds (BFI Modern Classics / BFI Film Classics)

User Review  - Jorge - Goodreads

Paglia is a snarky and observant critic. I love the movie "The Birds" and this is a great companion piece. Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Camille Paglia is Professor of Humanities at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. She is the author of Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson (1992); Sex, Art, and American Culture (1993); and Vamps & Tramps: New Essays (1995).