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Beware of the moon birds.

Mrs. Bundy: Birds have been on this planet, Miss Daniels, since Archaeopteryx, a hundred and forty million years ago. Doesn’t it seem odd that they’d wait all that time to start a… a war against humanity. ~ The Birds

I recently watched Alfred Hitchcock’s film The Birds. The film is based on the novelette by Daphne du Maurier. The screenplay is written by Evan Hunter, Ed MacBain, and both, the film and the story, are very different. Yet, both have similar and highly symbolic connections that I find fascinating.

The moon is not used in word or image in either the film nor story. Indirectly, the moon is the main hidden movement in both. The birds are the “sturm and drang” in the film and story.

I remember when I first viewed The Birds on TV! I was about the age of the little girl Cathy Brenner. I thought the film was scary. My friends and I often pretended and played scenes from the Birds. We ran down hills of golden green frightened by our imaginary fierce birds.

Cathy Brenner: When we got back from taking Michelle home, we heard the explosion and went outside to see what it was. All at once, the birds were everywhere. All at once, she pushed me inside and they covered her. Annie, she pushed me inside.

I have grown up with this film. My point being is that the film is more about relationships between women then about the birds. In the film one finds maiden, mother and crone. Annie Hayworth is the sexy maiden where Lydia Brenner is the mother. Ethel Griffies plays the old crone “ornithologist.” The interesting character of Melanie Daniels plays a female goddess of the moon. She is mysterious, magical, intuitive, and carries love birds to her desired man.

Melanie Daniels: I thought you knew! I want to go through life jumping into fountains naked, good night! ~ The Birds

In the novelette by Maurier the same indirect influence is applied. The birds in her story are influenced by the ocean tide as narrated by the main character Nat Hocken. He works on a farm and describes his knowledge of the land and the sea. He is knowledgeable of all the birds in his environment. He is one of nature and his knowledge is as wise as the ornithologist Ethel Griffies from Hunter’s screenplay.

The species included blackbird, thrush, the common house-sparrow, and, as might be expected in the metropolis, a vast quantity of pigeons and starlings, and that frequenter of the London river, the black-headed gull.~ du Maurier, Daphne. The Birds: and Other Stories (Kindle Locations 311-312). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition.

Both film and story indirectly show evidence of the influence of the moon; as the phases of a woman’s life, or the ocean tide. The uncanny attack of the birds is an unconscious one. It is a dynamic pull by the moon at Bodega Bay California or England at a bay of Cornwall on the Celtic Sea. Both film and story hold interesting perspectives. A wonderful film to see and greater story to read.

Maybe the lull in battle was because of the tide. There was some law the birds obeyed, and it was all to do with the east wind and the tide. He glanced at his watch. Nearly eight o’clock. It must have gone high water an hour ago. That explained the lull: the birds attacked with the flood tide. It might not work that way inland, up country, but it seemed as if it was so this way on the coast. He reckoned the time limit in his head. They had six hours to go, without attack. When the tide turned again, around one-twenty in the morning, the birds would come back… ~du Maurier, Daphne. The Birds: and Other Stories (Kindle Locations 523-527). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle Edition.

 

 

A mockery of the Academy Awards

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Alfred Hitchcock                                                    Robert Mitchum

Two quotes by a famous director and an actor go something like this,“actors are like cattle … the hierarchy of prison life is similar to the movie business.” Maybe the academy should have their people, actors, directors, etc, dress up in character when they attend award night? Since it is so close to Mardi Gras they might have them dress up for the big ball that it is? A month of preparation is good-money for hair salons and plastic surgeons. Bodies are painted with the most intimate fashions on the planet; that the actors give back the next day. Why not go casual and comfortable instead, with a cold beer in their hand?  It is superficial, pretentious and stupid that they don’t!  Who are these beautiful people who act for us? We know who they fuck, who they divorce and when they get boob jobs. Tabloids make fun of them too. I don’t have a clue who they are, not a clue and I am not looking for one either. They are simply cattle doing their business.

Films, the theater, writing scripts all has a magic for sure…story telling is as old as the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert. Now that would be a hell of a fashion statement for next year’s Academy Awards.

NCA SanA I love the the Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert because they listen to the praying mantis and have wonderful stories to share with us!! They are beautiful people, real human beings!!

Quotes taken frmo All About Eve script

EVE
	 Then why? Why, if you're the best
	 and most successful young director
	 in the Theater-

			BILL
	 The Theatuh, the Theatuh-
		(he sits up)
	 - what book of rules says the
	 Theater exists only within some
	 ugly buildings crowded into one
	 square mile of New York City? Or
	 London, Paris or Vienna?
		(he gets up)
	 Listen, junior. And learn. Want to
	 know what the Theater is? A flea
	 circus. Also opera. Also rodeos,
	 carnivals, ballets, Indian tribal
	 dances, Punch and Judy, a one-man
	 band - all Theater. Wherever
	 there's magic and make-believe and
	 an audience - there's Theater.
	 Donald Duck, Ibsen, and The Lone
	 Ranger, Sarah Bernhardt, Poodles
	 Hanneford, Lunt and Fontanne, Betty
	 Grable, Rex and Wild, and Eleanora
	 Duse. You don't understand them
	 all, you don't like them all, why
	 should you? The Theater's for
	 everybody - you included, but not
	 exclusively - so don't approve or
	 disapprove. It may not be your
	 Theater, but it's Theater of
	 somebody, somewhere. 

			EVE
	 I just asked a simple question. 

			BILL
		(grins)
	 And I shot my mouth off. Nothing
	 personal, junior, no offense...
		(he sits back down)
	 ... it's just that there's so much
	 bushwah in this Ivory Green Room
	 they call the Theatuh - sometimes
	 it gets up around my chin...

http://www.dailyscript.com/scripts/all_about_eve.html
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/03/03/writing-challenge-threes/

Fallen Heroes for the Masses

No heroes or heroines that is my motto for life.

I like to be inspired by other human beings.

The whole myth of heroes is based on demigods.

The immortals, but sadly enough our modern heroes are anything but immortals

or something to be a cult follower of.

Lance Armstrong, Clint Eastwood and Alfred Hitchcock.

are falling down, falling down.

We human beings are a strange brew.

As the ‘ole song says…

I rather listen to the blackbirds…Conk-a-reeeee, Conk-a-reeeee…