THX 1138 on H5N1

 

Its not normally considered science fiction, but I disagree.  Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963) is a subtle and complex film open to many interpretations, but with a strong ecological warning.

Its based loosely on a short story by Daphne du Maurier, and tells the ominous tale of altered birds becoming increasingly agressive, attacking humans at will on mass.

One of the key scenes of the film is set in a bar, and features an eccentric English lady (the film’s scientist figure though she is an amateur ornithologist) who protests that the stories of bird attacks cannot be true.

‘Birds are not aggressive creatures,’ she says, ‘they bring beauty into the world.  It is mankind, rather, who insists upon making it difficult for life to exist upon this planet’.

A drunken Irishman (surely not), sitting at a nearby table, replies ‘I tell you, this is the end of the world!’

To which the lady replies, ‘I rather think that a few birds are hardly going to bring about the end of the world’.



One comment


    Sue Abbott

    February 24, 2006

    I never realised how prophetic this film was until you pointed this out !

    MITCH
    I think we’re in trouble. I don’t know how or why this started, but I know it’s here and I know we’d be crazy to ignore it.

    MRS. BUNDY
    Ignore what? The bird war?

    MITCH
    Yes, the bird war, the bird attack, the bird plague, you can call it what you want to,…

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