Cannes scandals: 5 most controversial film pageant moments

May 21, 2014

Beach Party Film

The birds(Hitchcock Tribute)
Beach party film
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Una mujer joven de la alta sociedad, Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), se encuentra en una tienda de animales en San Francisco, cuando entra Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor). Brenner quiere comprar unos pájaros pequeños para su hermana. Aunque reconoce a Melanie, Brenner pretende que la confunde con una de las vendedoras. Melanie le sigue el juego. Finalmente sin que él lo sepa decide gastarle una broma llevándole ella personalmente los pájaros a Bodega Bay, una tranquila población donde Brenner pasa los fines de semana con su madre y su hermana. Cuando Melanie llega al pueblo, después de dejar los pájaros en la casa de los Brenner, es atacada por una gaviota que se precipitó sobre ella.
Melanie Daniels se hospeda entonces con Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette) y asiste a la fiesta de cumpleaños de la hermana de Mitch. Durante la fiesta los niños son atacados por muchos pájaros; por la noche, los Brenner y Melanie son sorprendidos por una bandada de gorriones que entran por la chimenea. Al día siguiente, la madre de Mitch, Lydia (Jessica Tandy) visita a Dan Fawcett, uin granjero vecino, y descubre que su casa ha sido atacada por una multitud de pájaros, los cuales han asesinado al señor Fawcett. Lydia llega a casa desconcertada y Melanie se ofrece a ir a recoger a la hermanita de Mitch, Kathy, a la escuela donde da clases la señorita Hayworth,observa unos cuervos que se comportan de forma extraña. Poco después los pájaros aumentan de número y se producen algunos ataques. El pánico aumenta en Bodega Bay cuando empieza un ataque sistemático de pájaros en una estación de servicio cercana, la gente huye mientras que se sigue desconociendo la razón de estos ataques. El último ataque se registra en la casa de los Brenner donde unos pájaros atacan salvajemente a Melanie, Mitch y su familia deciden llevarla a un hospital en San Francisco. La última escena de la película muestra a los Brenner y a Melanie alejándose en el auto de ésta, mientras una multitud de pájaros se ha reunido en torno a la casa de los Brenner, cubriendo hasta donde se puede ver.
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Los pájaros que aparecen a lo largo de la película fueron puestos en postproducción, sin saber Hitchcock de antemano cómo iba a solucionar este recurso.
La escena en que Tippi Hedren es atacada por una gaviota no pudo ser más realista. Aunque la gaviota no era auténtica, sino un muñeco lanzado hacia la actriz mediante unos cables, el impacto le provocó una herida en la frente muy real. El rodaje se paró tres días mientras Tippi se recuperaba. (Cinemanía)
"Tippi" es una abreviación cariñosa de la palabra sueca "typsa", que significa "niña pequeña". El verdadero nombre de la actriz es Nathalie Hedren. (Cinemanía)
Hitchcock omitió deliberadamente toda explicación racional al comportamiento de las aves. Sabía que eso creaba mucha mayor inquietud en la audiencia. También suprimió el clásico "The End" del final, para lograr que la desazón del público continuara aún después de acabada la película. (Cinemanía)
En un principio, la adaptación de la novela original de Daphne du Maurier estaba prevista para el programa de TV de los 50 "Alfred Hitchcock Presenta", pero el guión era tan bueno que Hitchcock decidió convertirlo en un largometraje.
El final original de Hitchcock contemplaba a los protagonistas, que terminaban escapando de los pájaros, llegando a San Francisco aliviados hasta que se daban cuenta de que había pájaros posados por todo el puente Golden Gate y los edificios. Por falta de recursos monetarios y tecnológicos, no fue posible. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————(Cinemanía) Based on a novelette by Daphne Du Maurier, the story focuses on beautiful young Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), a wealthy socialite whose father is an owner of a large newspaper. Melanie visits a San Francisco pet shop to pick up a mynah bird she has ordered for her aunt. There she meets Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), a lawyer who is looking for a pair of lovebirds to give to his sister. Mitch sees Melanie and pretends to mistake her for a salesperson. Melanie acts the role, believing that she’s fooling Mitch, until he reveals that he knew all along that she did not work in the shop. Melanie, infuriated, inquires as to the reason for Mitch’s behavior. He mentions a previous encounter that he had with her in court.
Intrigued by Mitch, Melanie buys the lovebirds and finds the address of Mitch’s home in Bodega Bay, a small village up the Pacific coast. She drives to Bodega Bay and delivers the birds by sneaking across the small harbor in a motor boat. Melanie walks into the Brenner residence and leaves the birds on a footstool, with a note. As she is heading back across the bay, Mitch observes her through a pair of binoculars, then circles around the bay in his car to meet her — but just as she is about to pull up to the dock, a seagull swoops down and inflicts a cut on her head.
Over the next few days, the avian attacks continue, as Melanie’s relationship with Mitch, his clinging mother, Lydia (Jessica Tandy), his 12-year-old sister, Cathy (Veronica Cartwright), and Cathy’s teacher (and Mitch’s former lover) Annie Hayworth (Suzanne Pleshette) develop. The second strange bird-incident occurs when Melanie stays for the night at Hayworth’s house and a gull kills itself upon hitting the front door. The next attack occurs at Cathy’s party. Avian violence escalates when Lydia discovers a friend dead in his bedroom.
After another attack by crows at the local school, Melanie calls her father, a newspaper publisher in San Francisco, from a bar. The conversation rivets the interest of others, who listen in. A fisherman (Charles McGraw) tells her that the gulls have been following his boats. An old woman (Ethel Griffies), an amateur ornithologist, insists that calling birds’ behavior attacks is an exaggeration, and no bird species flocks and attacks, and birds of different avian species would never flock together and attack, as they don’t possess the intelligence. Despite her words, and right outside the window, a motorist is attacked while filling his automobile with gasoline; he is knocked unconscious, the hose lands on the ground, and the gasoline continues to pump out onto the street, until it meets a man lighting a cigar. An explosion and fire result. More deaths occur. Melanie is attacked and takes refuge in a phone booth, but the attack continues as birds crash into the thick glass, and cause it to fracture. Melanie is rescued by Mitch.
After this attack subsides, Melanie and Mitch seek to collect Cathy at Annie’s house. Noticing that crows are gathering at the school, they tread quietly to Annie’s home. They find Annie dead on her front porch and Cathy crying at the window.
Melanie and Mitch’s family ultimately take refuge in Mitch’s house, boarding up the doors and windows. The house is subsequently attacked by the birds and they almost manage to break through the doors, with Mitch getting injured trying to keep them out. Eventually this attack subsides as well. In the evening, when everyone else is asleep, Melanie hears noises from the upper floor. She investigates a closed door only to find that the birds have broken through the roof. They attack her, sealing her in the room until Mitch comes to her rescue. Lydia and Mitch bandage Melanie’s wounds, but determine she must get to a hospital. A sea of landed birds ripples menacingly around them as they leave the house but do not attack, aside from a few isolated bites. The radio reports several smaller bird attacks in nearby Sebastopol and Santa Rosa. Mitch drives the car slowly towards the road before picking up speed, and the sea of birds parts. The film concludes with the car driving away, down the coast road and out of sight, as thousands of birds watch.
Originally Hitchcock wanted to end the film with a shot of the birds covering the Golden Gate Bridge. Ultimately, this proved far too expensive

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