Interview with Alfred Hitchcock on The Birds
Alfred Hitchcock discusses his film The Birds in Paris's Jardin des Plantes: the film's theme, the technical methods used for the film, the classification of this film and its place within his entire filmography, and his project of a film with Grace Kelly.
In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) brings to the big screen Daphné du Maurier's short story, The Birds, after three exceptionally dense films. Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959) and Psycho (1960) entertained America - where the English director lived from 1940 on - and reinforced his status as the king of suspense, while seducing Cahiers du Cinéma magazine's young film critic who saw in his work, according to Truffaut's words, a true work that is "both experimental and appealing to the masses".
The Birds, publicly screened in 1963, will be Hitchcock's last undisputable masterpiece, combining the virtues of a breathless show, thanks to remarkable special effects, with a reflection on the bonds of love and family, whose Freudian backdrop undoubtedly was a preview of the following film, Marnie (1964). Once again, Hitchcock called on blond Tippi Hedren, as a replacement for Grace Kelly who became a princess, with which the filmmaker painfully resolved never to shoot again in future films.