One of Hitch's most cerebral efforts, a bit like his attempt at a Bergman-esque film. Hedren and Connery have nice chemistry, and Diane Baker provides great supporting work in a limited role. This one has all the hallmarks of a Hitch film, just more subdued and requiring deeper attn from the viewer. I liked it but the folks I saw it with did not, so a polarizing one, but prob his best 60's effort after Birds. 4 stars
The brutality which the film portrays is in no way ambiguous, however, I think the film was largely misunderstood on it's release. The genius of it is that you can't digest it passively like most films, he tricks the audience into believing they are watching a romance when it is anything but. Like when he tricked you in Psycho, though in that they go out their way to leave no questions; THIS is a thinker's film.
Marnie is fascinating as like a tragedy played like it's a romance and definitely Tippi Hedren is great in it, but it also feels like a peek inside of like Alfred Hitchcock at maybe his grossest so can't honestly say whether I "liked" it or was fascinated horribly
One of Hitchcock's (the arch-psychiatrist of cinema's) lesser known masterpieces. His near-telepathic ability to pinpoint the frailties of a person's psyche, was a blessing and a curse; notorious for deeply offending actresses just before a take in order to gain the most authentic response; thinly veiled misogyny from an obsessive director requiring the muse of a siren to stir his creative impulses...
MARNIE's depths are so obviously endless that it renders such a small piece of writing as this rather impotent. What a fragile picture, balanced so unusually between Hollywood classicism & European modernism! Character triangularity abounds, a spinning web of psychological associations. As often w/ Hitchcock, the themes of sexuality, trauma, & ambivalence towards remedies haunt everything. "I am Marnie" - Robin Wood