re:[AH] The Birds

From ndkent
Sent Mon, Mar 13th 2000, 14:40

> I picked up a copy of the BFI Film Classics book "the Birds" by Camille
> Paglia today.  Camille is remarkably reserved in this book, for better or
> worse.  Lotsa neat pictures, stills from the film and also on location shots
> and promos too!  But what got my attention and why I even mention this is
> that the very last picture in the book is of old Hitch himself grasping one
> ear, pretending to be in aural pain, with his other hand manipulating a
> switch on the control panel of a TRAUTONIUM!
> Go check it out at your local bookstore, it's pretty cool.  I smiled
> broadly...
> For those who do not know what a trautonium is, I suggest this site:

A little nit-picky, but thats a Mixtur Trautonium, by Sala which was the
bigger post-war decendant of the Trautonium. Its somewhat of a
revalation to realize that "The Birds" has no traditional music score at
all. But it does have all kinds of tonalities created by Sala and
Hitchcock had Bernard Herrmann in as soundtrack consultant.