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Avian Plague: Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus and Alfred Hitchcock's the Birds
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-26, 11:05 authored by Burton, P
0 dear Jocasta why should one look to the Pythian hearth? Why should one look to the birds screaming overhead? " Oedipus! In many ways. Alfred Hitchcock's last truly classic film. 1963's The Birds. is a fitting denouement to the director's most ambitious works. a series that began with Rear Window (r954) and climaxed with the artistic (and commercial) triumph of Psycho (1960). It would not be entirely inaccurate to characterize The Birds as simply a structural and thematic extension of Psycho: it builds suspense effectively. and attempts to probe the darker depths of human psychology in much the same way as its predecessor. But whereas Psycho achieved a nearperfect blend of these two aspects of Hitchcock's work. the director chose to follow up his masterpiece with a film that was-and remains- decidedly problematic for both critics and audiences alike."
Publication titleMouseion ; Journal of the Classical Assciation of Canada