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The Making of Hitchcock's The Birds by [Lee, Moral Tony]
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'This fascinating book includes previously unpublished material and includes interviews with with the film's stars Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren and Veronica Cartwright.' --- An interview with Tony Lee Moral appeared in London Calling

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Tony Lee Moral is a documentary filmmaker, a writer, and the author of "Alfred Hitchcock's Movie Making Masterclass "and" Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie."He has produced, written, and directedmore than100 hours of television for major broadcasters in theUnited Statesand the UK, including award-winning series such as "The Animal Zone," "Man vs Wild," "Monsters Inside Me," "Naked Science," "The Shape of Life," and"Wild Britain." He also has produced behind-the-scenes documentaries for the Doctor Who series, as well as animation and short films."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Kamera Books (26 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B9BL7II
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Much has been written about The Birds before and recently the TV play 'The Girl' has once again brought the film, Hitch and Hedren to our attention. Tony Lee Moral's book, written from extensive interviews with crew and cast members is a worthy addition to any film lover's shelf and is illustrated with many photographs and sketches of the stars, crew and storyboards.

A few minor carps: Robert Boyle, the film's production designer is referred to as the 'art designer' in several places (one gets the idea but it's not really a term used by the industry). Also, despite some discussion of the psychoanalytical aspects of the plot, I'm surprised that Camille Paglia's BFI monograph The Birds is not referenced or discussed in the text. This is another extremely detailed, critical analysis (including Freudian aspects) of the film and could have been included in the bibliography if not in the text.

Overall however Mr Moral can be congratulated on his riveting book on a film which is now 50 years old and which continues to generate interest.
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50 years after the original film and still regarded as a masterpiece by film viewers, just as the original film has been updated for Blu-ray, Tony Lee Moral brings the film to life by writing about how the it was made with such detailed information, you know almost as much about The Birds as Alfred Hitchcock, himself.

Where this book excels is how it explains the complete process of purchasing the rights to the short story to employing the writer and how Hitchcock controls the process as it's turned into a screenplay which the audience will watch, but only after a number of other people have interjected their influence on the script.

The writer, Evan Hunter, was himself a novelist before trying his hand at adapting into a screenplay writer and during this process you get to really feel how he devoted his life to writing the story and felt pulled apart by Hitchcock and the team, particularly with how they changed the writer's view of how the film would end.

You'll get to meet and feel that you know all of the cast and the crew as you read this book. It's interesting to note that everyone has only good words to say about Hitchcock, but you still understand that he was a demanding individual who ruled over his films. Recent films about Hitchcock have suggested that his character stepped too far over the line at times, but that's not the impression he receives in this compilation of non-fiction memories.

Understanding how preproduction worked back in the early 1960s is vastly different to the facilities of any modern producer and CGI enthusiast.
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Excellent making of . Full of fascinating information about how the film was concieved an made, hitchcock,s shooting methods an style. Well worth a read
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HASH(0x9468c948) out of 5 stars I've Been Hoping for a Book Like This for Sometime 27 Oct. 2013
By Gary P. Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
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The Birds is my favorite Hitchcock film. I've been fascinated by it since seeing it in the movies at age 12. I've seen it more times than I can count. (I one time sat through it three times in one day.) I love books on the making of films that I've enjoyed over the years. So I was excited to see this book on the making of "The Birds."
I enjoyed Tony Lee Moral's previous book "Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie," and while I think that that book went into greater detail on the making of that film than this one does on" The Birds," I still enjoyed this book greatly. I remember having a crush on Tippi Hedren from the first time I saw this film. I thought she was an absolutely lovely and classy woman and I still do. (I've had the pleasure of meeting her in person twice over the years.) I've been a fan of Rod Taylor since seeing him in George Pal's "The Time Machine." Both that and "The Birds" are two of my all-time favorite films. ("The Birds" is in my top twenty favorites.)
Anyway, you will learn all you need to know about the making of the classic film and, if you are a fan of Hitchcock's films or only this film classic, you really should read this book.
Highly recommended.
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HASH(0x94e96c18) out of 5 stars Moral's Guide to the Birds 22 Nov. 2013
By MacheteJason - Published on Amazon.com
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Very interesting account about Hitchcock's The Birds by author Tony Lee Moral. I would argue what happened behind the camera is just as compelling as the film itself. Moral combines his own insights with quotes from many people surrounding the production of the film. It is quite interesting and a very good read. The book is organized in a logical way from acquiring the short story to filming it. In my opinion, it's on the same level as Hitchcock & the Making of Psycho by Stephen Rebello (which is also a good read for Hitchcock fans). It has the same strengths and weaknesses since more than one contradictory account of both films has since emerged over time. People who enjoyed the film will appreciate this book. It has 226 pages divided into 9 chapters: 1) Daphne Du Maurier's The Birds, 2) Writing The Birds, 3) The Cast and Crew, 4) Pre-Production, 5) On Location in Bodega Bay, 6) On the Sound Stage, 7) Electronic Sound, 8) Postproduction and Editing, and 9) The Birds is Coming!. There is also an Afterword.

I have a few minor complaints. The BBC/HBO film The Girl (2012) is mentioned but the allegations presented there about Hitchcock are not satisfactorily addressed in Moral's book so some of the stronger criticisms from Tippi Hedren aren't analyzed or even mentioned. The whole business about Hitchcock's dark side is seemingly brushed off though a few chapters mention the director's obsessiveness (notably towards the screenwriter and the leading lady). A few details throughout the text are inaccurate (e.g. some names aren't spelled correctly and a few comments on the film itself are wrong). I enjoyed The Birds Blu-ray release and felt the documentary included there was more complete. Despite the claims on the cover, this isn't the definitive account of the film's production because Moral's book could easily add another 100-200 pages to fill in some of the gaps and address the criticisms leveled at Hitchcock. Many things are not explained so there are loose ends to tie up (e.g. Rod Taylor signed a multi-picture deal with Hitch but only appeared in one film; an author wanted to sue Hitch because of plagiarism, etc.). However, this book is quite an enjoyable read but certainly not the last word on The Birds or Hitchcock. It seems there may never be a last word and that's a good thing. Good effort overall but at $27 it is pricey for only 224 pages. I wouldn't hesitate to purchase it again for $10-$15. Alas, many film books are overpriced so it's a common complaint anyway.

In 2008, Hedren gave new details about Hitchcock: he was watching her all the time, he tried to control everything from what she wore to what she ate and drank, she was being followed outside the set and reports were made and sent to Hitchcock, he told the cast and crew they were not allowed to talk to her, and Hedren also claimed Hitch tried to kiss her in the back of a car when they were alone. The truth likely lies somewhere in the middle but there is little doubt Hitchcock was a larger than life figure with eccentricities. It is clear Moral isn't sympathetic to Hedren's interpretation. You may have to read the book and watch the BBC/HBO film The Girl to decide for yourself.

This book is a mixed bag because it starts out strong (the first three chapters are quite good) but the chapters on Electronic Sound and Postproduction & Editing are fairly dull (perhaps film students will appreciate them). Since it leaves some loose ends it's hard to rate more than 3 stars. Fans will appreciate the book but it is a fairly quick read.
HASH(0x957ca864) out of 5 stars Informative, fascinating and fun 21 April 2016
By P. A. Hall - Published on Amazon.com
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I got this book as an alternate to buying The Girl DVD to get a different perspective on this whole scandal about Tippi and Hitchcock. It gave me that. It,s nice to know that not all actresses had a bad experience with him, in fact the majority only had nice things to say about him. Its too bad things didn't work out for more movies with Tippi because the making of the movie seemed like a fascinating experience for everyone involved, including the reader!

I've read many books about Hitchcock, and this book is in my top 5. Focusing on one movie, in depth, is a very good idea. It's very well written and holds your interest.
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HASH(0x94e1324c) out of 5 stars The reason for this is at the beginning where the author expounds on the amazing special effects that were achieved without the 22 Oct. 2015
By TVO - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to wonder about the veracity of the researching of this book. The reason for this is at the beginning where the author expounds on the amazing special effects that were achieved without the benefit of CGI (computer generated images) like Star Wars had. I hate to break it to the author but hardly anyone even had an Apple I when Star Wars came out in 1977 let along the benefit of CGI. The first real use of CGI in a film was in "The Abyss" which was released in 1989, twelve years after Star Wars, which used the exact same materials and tools (film and optical printers) as "The Birds". However, in watching "The Birds" again after reading the book, the effects truly are amazing. But Hitchcock knew how to surround himself with the best people. This book is still a good read, though not as good as the one on the making of "Psycho".
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HASH(0x94e130fc) out of 5 stars EXCELLENT STUDY OF THE MASTER AT WORK 17 Feb. 2014
By Anthony McGill - Published on Amazon.com
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Tony Lee Moral has followed up his extensive study of Hitchcock's "Marnie" with what is probably the definitive production history of the director's previous film "The Birds". Interesting background to the original story written by Daphne du Maurier and the battles over Evan Hunter's screenplay. The "discovery" of Tippi Hedren for the main role, the huge technical problems of making the film and the training of crows, ravens and seagulls make for fascinating reading. One of the most interesting chapters is the one devoted to the use of electronic sound in preference to a music score and the influence of Bernard Herrmann and the German composers Gassmann and Sala. There's detailed coverage of on location filming in Bodega Bay plus the exhaustive studio and post-production and editiing work required. Also a wide coverage of the promotional campaign including the botched premiere of the film at MOMA and its successful venture at Cannes. All in all, everything you always wanted to know about "The Birds". 16 pages of informative photos, the majority in color. Next step, go and enjoy this excellent film on the big screen. Not Hitchcock's best film but still damn good!
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