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Acclaim. Controversy. Biggest box office hit of his career.He had no idea what to do next.He was different afterPsycho, and so was the world of film itselfLurid. Sexual. Shocking. – a world of his own making“Marnie” by English writer Winston GrahamoStory of a frigid, female kleptomaniac who is blackmailed intomarriage, who catches her committing a crimeoWorked with Joseph Stefano on a scriptoGrace Kelly would not be available for a year or two (1963/1964),so “Marnie” was shelvedIt was then when he found “The Birds”, which was published throughthe Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine, where his daughter Patriciawas an editoroThought the idea was outlandish at first. Until he remembered anews article from 1961 about a bird attack in CA.oWritten by “Rebecca” author Daphne du Maurier.oEvan Hunter (Ed McBain) came in to work on the script. He alsoworked on the Hitchcock TV show.oHitchcock started looking for a leading lady.oHe saw Tippi Hedren on a TV milk commercial.oShe was offered a 7-year personal contract, at $500/weekoHitchcock liked her attentive face, sophisticated manner, andgood looks.o“Proper, well-bred lady” and liked the way she walkedoElaborate sets re-constructed, from previous films, for her screentests (with Alma watching)oAt a dinner with Wasserman and the Hitchcocks, she was offeredthe lead in “The Birds”oOf course, he set about changing Hedren into his ideal leadinglady3
oTook charge of her personal life and wardrobeoShe was in every pre-production meetingoThe old team was back, as welloHitchcock said the basic appeal of the movie to him was thatthey were “ordinary, everyday” birds attackingoThey struggled with the reason, but came up with some vaguereason for the attacks“The Birds” (1963)oMelanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) is a snobby playgirl. She visitsMitch Brenner (Rob Taylor) in Bodega Bay, CAoThen all Hell break loose…in bird formoHitchcock hoped that the special effects would cover up theweak story and Hedren’s bad actingoRear projection with both real and fake birdsoTook a week to shot screen where birds fly through a chimneyoThere is no music in “The Birds”oBernard Hermann was initially involved in writing a scoreoHitchcock wanted the bird cried tobethe music.So it was back to “Marnie”oGrace Kelly was returning! Or not…oThe people of Monaco didn’t like the idea of her being aHollywood star/sex symboloNeither did the PrinceoIn the end, she had to back outoHitchcock was devastatedAt that time, Francois Truffaut (came up with auteur theory) contactedhim about doing an extensive (50 hour) interviewInterview happened in August, 1962Truffaut found Hitchcock “open and engaging”After the interview “The Birds” opens…and bombsoAndrew Sarris said it was a “work of genius”oBut others called it “a sorry failure”oAfter “Psycho” he had nothing else to sayoFirst film under new deal with Universal Studios4
“Marnie” (1964)oADisaster

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Term
Fall
Professor
ChrisLamont
Tags
The Land, Rebecca, Alfred Hitchcock

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