Labor Goes to the Movies: The Birds

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Friday, November 14, 2014 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
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This year’s Labor Goes to the Movies film series presents a group of films—documentary and fiction—that take the threat of apocalypse as their premise. The threat of global climate change has given apocalyptic scenarios more mainstream girth, but filmmakers have been documenting and imagining man-made end times for years. The featured films depict nuclear confrontation, resource wars, tampering with ecological balance, or nature’s metaphysical revenge. They are meant to stimulate discussion about options for future actions.

The Birds

Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963, US) is his last undisputed masterpiece. The story of a small-town California man, living with his overbearing mother and drawn to an alluring, independent blonde socialite, showcases many of Hitchcock's themes, but eliminates his traditional human villains (spies, thieves, murderers and the like) for the very forces of nature. As birds of every species unite in sudden fury to invade, attack and destroy, this small town is thrown into a great panic and civilization itself starts to unravel. The bird attacks are spontaneous, overwhelming, brutal and utterly mysterious. According to Hitchcock’s wry comment in the trailer, surely the birds appreciate all we've done for them”.

Doors open at 6 p.m. A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments provided.

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