Aug 14, 2013 5:04 PM by Dan Shadwell

"The Birds" flock to free screenings in Santa Barbara

Long before computer generated monsters like Transformers, Alien, Jaws, even Godzilla, one inventive filmmaker figured out how to animate a frightening flock of thousands of birds to torment an entire town.
In Alfred Hitchcock's classic, "The Birds," Tippi Hedren plays a bay area socialite who follows a love interest to Bodega Bay after he plays a prank on her.
She's about to leave when she's dive-bombed by a seagull. Her beau comes to her rescue, but as the story progresses, it becomes clear that the avian attack was no accident and soon all the area residents are fighting for their lives.
"The Birds" is screening tonight at 7:30 at Campbell Hall on the UCSB campus in Santa barbara, but will show again Friday night under the stars at the Santa Barbara County court house's sunken garden at 8:30.
Both events are free and there may be a mention of Hitchcock's 114th birthday, which was Tuesday.
It's part of the UCSB Arts & Lectures series, "Alfred Hitchcock Nights: Eight Classic Films of Obsession, Mystery and Suspense."
An interesting side note--Hitchcock originally wanted Grace Kelly to play the lead, but she'd just married Prince Ranier of Monaco and retired from acting.
Hedren got the role after Hitchcock spotted her doing a diet drink ad that was running on "The Today Show."



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