Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds"

Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" is considered a classic horror film. If you are not familiar with the plot, the story is about birds attacking the residents of the small, oceanside town of Bodega Bay.

Since the film's opening in 1963, visitors have flocked (pun intended) to Bodega Bay to see the sights Hitchcock used in the movie. What many do not realize is that Hitchcock's fictionalized Bodega Bay consisted of buildings in both Bodega Bay and the nearby town of Bodega. Hitchcock also built temporary sets in Bodega Bay and filmed many scenes on a soundstage.

Today, not much remains from the filming of "The Birds." The Tides Restaurant was featured in the movie; however, the restaurant burned in 1968 and today's Tides bears little resemblance to the one shown in the movie. The restaurant's walls has photos from the making of the movie and its gift shop sells "Birds" souvenirs.

In nearby Bodega, the Casino restaurant, the Potter School, and St. Teresa de Avila's Church were shown in the film and still remain. The Potter School, named Bodega Bay School in "The Birds" and now a residence, is home to a gift shop featuring movie souvenirs. It is open on weekends when the weather is nice and on some weekdays.

Bodega and Bodega Bay are about 1 3/4 hours north of San Francisco on the Sonoma County coast. If you are winetasting in the Russian River Valley, it's an easy drive to the coast. If you would like to take a tour that includes a visit to Bodega and Bodega Bay, please feel free to call me at (866) 326-4237 (toll free) or e-mail me by clicking here.

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