“The Birds” is an American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and released in 1963. The film is based on an eponymous short story by Daphne du Maurier.
It is also one of the first films to use modern special effects to create horror scenes. Bird attacks have become iconic in film, and the special effects used to create them as well as the sound work for the bird calls were highly innovative at the time.


Melanie Daniels is the modern rich socialite, part of the jet-set who always gets what she wants. When lawyer Mitch Brenner sees her in a pet shop, he plays something of a practical joke on her, and she decides to return the favor. She drives about an hour north of San Francisco to Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends the weekends with his mother Lydia and younger sister Cathy. Soon after her arrival, however, the birds in the area begin to act strangely. A seagull attacks Melanie as she is crossing the bay in a small boat, and then, Lydia finds her neighbor dead, obviously the victim of a bird attack. Soon, birds in the hundreds and thousands are attacking anyone they find out of doors. There is no explanation as to why this might be happening, and as the birds continue their vicious attacks, survival becomes the priority. 

Here is my series of photos taken in Paris in tribute to the film

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“Many in the community, including at times Nat himself, believe strongly that the structure of civilization itself will save them from any danger.” –
Daphne du Maurier’s The Birds

Sir Alfred Hitchcock revealed on The Dick Cavett Show (1968) that 3,200 birds were trained for the movie. He said the ravens were the cleverest, and the seagulls were the most vicious.

Source: IMDB

Jacques Julien

French photographer based in Paris specialised in black and white photographs, animal photos, architecture, portraits.