Looking and operating much like anything Universal were producing for television at this time, this is a drab finale from Hitchcock that has little cinematic scale. The occasional flash of invention is small change and being competent and controlled really isn’t virtue or reason enough to sit through this for nearly two hours.
It's staggering to see Hitchcock get his early days jazz flavor(watch "Young and Innocent" or "39 Steps") back for this last piece. Airiness and childish innocence, which you can also see in his pupil Francois Truffaut's last piece, "Vivement Dimanche!". Mentor.
The last Hitchcock, and it's strangely fitting that after being hailed as an artist and a poet of the dark side of human psychology, his filmography ends on a free-spirited lark. He was, after all, a showman and an entertainer too. Not great, not bad, with several interesting choices and John Williams doing a Bernard Herrmann impression. I do miss when Hitchcock's innuendos had to be more thickly veiled, though.
Il congedo di Sir Alfred avviene con questa gradevole pellicola,ironica,leggera ed estremamente godibile.L'intreccio della prima parte è grandioso,così come il montaggio che segue perfettamente le due storie senza mai sovrapporsi o disturbare.Menzione speciale per "Blanche".Certo non è l'Hitchock da storia del cinema,ma quella l'aveva già fatta.4*
There are conspirators and people who get caught in the conspiracy. This movie simply follows the dynamic shift between these two groups, and in the final shot, Hitchcock invites the viewers to be the conspirators - storytellers. This is a moving testament from the director who understood the power of fiction.
Though Marnie is his last masterpiece, this may be my favorite of his 70s films. It is certainly the most playful, and is one of the greatest expressions of his career-long obsession with doubling. The cast is also uniformly one of the best Hitchcock worked with, with all four principles relishing their roles. For the ostensibly dark view of humanity, this is tons of fun, with a wonderful final shot.
Strange how Hitchcock's films get better and better with years passing by. When I first saw this one in the theatres, it didn't strike me as one of the best of the British master. But now, after having seen it again every three or four years since 1976, I'm amazed by the quality of its mise en scene. A DVD zone your library. Highly recommended.