My film class is moving on from Pirates to Birds. We will begin watching the iconic, classic film by the end of this week. We will be talking about the language of film, and how it differs slightly from the language of literature or the spoken word. In order to do this, I am having them read the 1952 short story “The Birds” by Daphne DuMaurier. I am getting some grumbles about it, but it will benefit them in the long run. We will be comparing the text to the film and discussing the imagery each one creates and how that changes our view of the story.

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