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The Birds

2014 Vintage Horror Film Series

Rated: PG-13
Year: 1962

The story begins as an innocuous romantic triangle involving wealthy, spoiled Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), handsome Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), and schoolteacher Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette). The human story begins in a San Francisco pet shop and culminates at the home of Mitch's mother (Jessica Tandy) at Bodega Bay, where the characters' sense of security is slowly eroded by the curious behavior of the birds in the area. At first, it's no more than a sea gull swooping down and pecking at Melanie's head. Things take a truly ugly turn when hundreds of birds converge on a children's party. There is never an explanation as to why the birds have run amok, but once the onslaught begins, there's virtually no letup. 
The post-film “Cinema Conversations” will discuss the stylistic elements of the film, including costume, set, and the iconic storyboards and will also cover the history of Alfred Hitchcock films.

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Cast: Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, and Veronica Cartwright.
Run Time: 119 minutes
Cinema Conversations:  Glenn Wooddell

The Vintage Horror Series will focus on classic films of horror and suspense (1935-1962). The Bethel Woods horror film series offers guests to see childhood favorites on the big screen, and to introduce their children to the “classics.” 

Additional movies part of the 2014 Vintage Horror Film Series:
The Bride of Frankenstein
The Wolf Man

Stay after the screening for “Cinema Conversations,” featuring a guest host from the film community to lead a lively group discussion about the film, the series, and subjects of the audience’s interest.

Bethel Woods' Educational and Children's programming is supported by Annelise Gerry and Family and the Rhulen/Loughlin Family - In Memory of Trevor John Loughlin.



All dates, acts, times and ticket prices subject to change without notice.

  • Oct 24 , 2014
  • Museum Theater
  • 6:45 Doors Open
    7:00 Movie Begins
  • $8 for Adult, $6 for Members and $5 for Kids
  • Ticket prices increase by $2.00 when purchased online via Ticketmaster. To avoid this added service charge tickets can be purchased in advance at the Bethel Woods Box Office.

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