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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.