The Florida Film Festival may be just 7 days away, but Enzian’s special programming keeps hitting home runs as an appetizer. Tonight was CASABLANCA in the park, the March Popcorn Flick under the stars on a cool, crisp, beautiful evening to close out our sixth year of monthly, free outdoor movies in downtown Winter Park.
This Tuesday, March 25 at 9:00 PM, the Cult Classics series presents Alfred Hitchcock’s THE BIRDS (1963). One of the only Hitchcock films I’ve never seen on the big screen (and who knows how edited those TV prints were through the years?), I am quite psyched about this rare opportunity to catch the film in an actual movie theater. Based on a story by famed British writer Daphne Du Maurier, author of two previous novels made into classic Hitchcock films (“Jamaica Inn” and “Rebecca”), the fun and terrifying thriller focuses on a San Francisco socialite who heads north to a quiet California coastal town with a gift for a man she’s interested in. Once there however, she slowly discovers birds of all kinds acting strangely, and it’s not a pretty picture.
The great UB Iwerks was nominated for an Oscar for Best Special Visual Effects, and Tippi Hedren won a Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. The rest of the terrific cast included Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette, Veronica Cartwright, and Richard Deacon.
“And remember, the next scream you hear could be your own.”