|Redwood forests tend to stifle non-redwood life||"The music and the sound effects are elusive and lonely, fragile and ghostly...." -- Donald Spoto||Madeline closes the scene by begging to be taken somewhere where it's light, indicating a claustrophobic mood||In interviews and in his work, Hitchcock often expressed a fear of birds|
|From the shooting script:
MADELEINE (Simply) Knowing I have to die.... She looks up at him with a shy embarrassed smile. Then, seeing the wondering look in his eyes, she brightens quickly. MADELEINE But I like the stream! It's a lovely stream! She leaves him and moves quickly out onto the bridge and leans on the railing to watch the water rippling below. And then, as he approaches her, she turns and looks at him, wide-eyed. MADELEINE But it makes no sound! Listen! She listens intensely for a long moment, and looks at him anxiously. MADELEINE Do you hear anything? SCOTTIE (Shaking his head) Only silence. It's always like this. MADELEINE (Wondering) And no birds sing. SCOTTIE No birds live here. MADELEINE No.