Marnie Edgar is a habitual liar and a thief who gets jobs as a secretary and after a few months robs the firms in question, usually of several thousand dollars. When she gets a job at Rutland’s, she also catches the eye of the handsome owner, Mark Rutland. He prevents her from stealing and running off, as is her usual pattern, but also forces her to marry him. Their honeymoon is a disaster and she cannot stand to have a man touch her and on their return home, Mark has a private detective look into her past. When he has the details of what happened in her childhood to make her what she is, he arranges a confrontation with her mother realizing that reliving the terrible events that occurred in her childhood and bringing out those repressed memories is the only way to save her. —IMDb
Alfred Hitchcock has been the most well-known director to the general public since the 1940s – and he remains so in the 21st century, more than 25 years after his death. His name evokes instant expectations on the part of audiences around the world: of a memorable night of movie-watching highlighted by at least two or three great chills (and a few more good ones), some striking black comedy, and an eccentric characterization or two in virtually every one of the director’s movies across a half-century – and usually laced with a comical cameo appearance by the director himself.
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born into a devoutly Catholic family in London, and his religious upbringing – with its attendant issues of guilt – would have a powerful influence on the psychological underpinnings of his later work. He was trained at a technical school, and initially gravitated to movies through art courses and advertising. He studied the work of other filmmakers, most notably the German expressionists… read more
"You cannot love Marnie, you cannot know what makes it worthy of love, if you don't really love cinema. Marnie is infused with a deep sense of loss, an urgency, an emotional directness, but ultimately, a hopefulness that sets it apart from other Hitchcock films. To love Marnie, you have to trust the film ... for it calls upon us to open ourselves to almost unbearably painful emotions." William Rothman
It's easy to see why this is one of Hitchcock's most divisive films, as it's remarkable, troubling, ambiguous, and inarticulate. So in the debate on Marnie—is it an underrated gem or a misfire? forward-thinking or outdated? a daring tract on the gutter of human sexuality or an offensive story of The Taming of the Badass Feminist Superthief?—I hope it's not too much of a cop-out to say it's all of the above. 4 stars.
Overshadowed and underrated. Perhaps some of the best performances Hitchcock ever pulled out of his actors — or rather that his actors gave in spite of him.
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