The Potter School in Bodega Bay (photo courtesy of Abner Hauge)
Welcome to Backdrop! The Podcast that takes you to the scenes of Hollywood’s most iconic movies.
Iconic films are immortal, and can inspire audiences for generations. A film’s setting is like an uncredited character. You can’t forget the impact of the isolated Bates motel in Psycho or the foggy Golden Gate Bridge in Vertigo. Physical settings almost behave like a human character and can give insight into the central character’s thoughts.
The Birds is an American feature film directed by Alfred Hitchcock based on the 1952 story by Daphne Du Maurier It focuses on a series of inexplicable violent bird attacks in a small coastal village over the course of a few days.
The film stars Rod Taylor and Tippi Hedren, with Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright, and Suzanne Pleshette.
Daphne DuMaurier’s original story took place in an English seashore village, but after filming his thriller “Shadow of A Doubt” in Santa Rosa in 1948, Hitchcock came back to the area in 1961 to shoot the film.
We spend one day in Bodega Bay, a charming fishing village along the coast, 60 miles north of San Francisco. We talk to local townspeople to discern the impact of the movie on the town in the present day.
Michael Famie owns the Bodega Country Store, which has over 400 items of Hitchcock Memorabilia, one of the largest in the world. Mr. Famie gives us a walking tour of Bodega and visit St. Theresa’s Church, which was famously shot by Ansel Adams. Our tour concluded at Potter School, the setting of the movie’s famous attack scene, which is also listed on America’s Register of Haunted Places.
Music: Hitchcock Etudes 2013 – Schoolhouse Etude – Nicole Lizee