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Building Suspense – The Birds

The Birds is both a continuation and a departure for Alfred Hitchcock.
A continuation because danger and suspense abound.
A departure because this time there is no villain to either discover or await their discovery.
The lack of motivation for the arising threat multiplies the sense of foreboding and hopelessness.
Probably not best viewed during swooping season.
Memorably, suspense is built in a schoolyard playground with the voices of children singing in the background as Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren’s first role) waits for class to finish.


The original Angry Birds movie.


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Juggling Wolves – Rear Window

Grace Kelly plays Lisa Carol Fremont (perhaps the archetypical Hitchcock blond) in Rear Window.
There is an unaffected world-weariness in her dialogue as she and Jimmy Stewart’s L.B. ‘Jeff’ Jeffries observe firstly the lonely woman they have nicknamed ‘Miss Lonelyhearts’, and then a young aspiring dancer they have nick-named ‘Miss Torso’ entertain some gentlemen callers.
Kelly was a good actor, but perhaps these lines were somewhat familiar to her experience as well.

Jeff: ‘Miss Lonelyhearts.’ Well, at least that’s something you’ll never have to worry about.
Lisa: Oh? You can see my apartment from here, all the way up on 63rd Street?
Jeff: No, not exactly…but we have a little apartment here that’s probably about as popular as yours. You remember of course ‘Miss Torso,’ the ballet dancer. She’s like a Queen Bee with her pick of the drones.
Lisa: I’d say she’s doing a woman’s hardest job – Juggling Wolves.
Jeff: [watching ‘Miss Torso’ briefly kiss one of the men on the balcony] She picked the most prosperous-looking one.
Lisa: She’s not in love with him or any of them.
Jeff: How can you tell that from here?
Lisa: You said it resembled my apartment, didn’t you?