After researching a little in last weeks film The Birds, I discovered that it was generally regarded as the ‘last great Hitchcock film’. This surprised me somewhat and left me with a desire not to watch this weeks film (Marnie). However I persevered and I’m glad I did as Marnie is a very intriguing film and although not Hitchcock’s best it is far from the worst I have seen in this challenge.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Marnie (Tippi Hedren) is a conwoman who travels America stealing money from companies in order to support her mother. She suffers from deep psychological troubles including a fear of the colour red. When Mark (Sean Connery) discovers her thieving he forces her into marrying him and then attempts to help resolve her issues.

THE GOOD

The film has many good moments and could easily be described as a mash-up of Hitchcock’s previous great film. There are several moments within both the films narrative and look that echo older Hitchcock films. For example the idea of a man becoming obsessive with a troubled woman is essentially the story of Vertigo, only in Marnie, the audience is seeing it from the females perspective. The way in which Marnie’s fear of red is a portrayed using flashing colour and blurred effects are taken straight from Spellbound. There are countless other subtle references/inspirations that occur throughout, making for a wonderful viewing experience; particularly when undergoing this challenge.

The first shot of the film is magnificent and sets the scene for the film well; it starts with a close-up of a woman’s handbag before pulling out and showing a beautiful black-haired figure standing on a train platform. There is something subtlety threatening about this that is truly intriguing in a simple sort of way.

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Another cool moment comes when Marnie is committing a robbery; the camera moves really wide so that as Marnie takes money from a safe the cleaner can be seen on the opposite side of the frame going about her business; unbeknownst to Marnie. This builds tension incredibly well and showcases Hitch once more as still being the mast of suspense.

Sean Connery was also simply magnificient in the role of the charismatic man who is attempting to tame Marnie; he never drops his character and is a perfect mix of threatening and kindess that makes the audience constantly wonder where his motives lie.

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THE BAD

The one thing I knew about this film was that it contained a rape scene, which was highly controversial. However when watching the film I found this scene to be disappointing in a strange sort of way. This is probably down to the fact that due to being a modern student of film I am rather de-sensitised to scenes of this nature. Comparing the scene in Marnie to the truly disturbing scenes of Irreservible or Once Were Warriors, the rape this in this film just felt a bit tame – although I can see why at the time it was scandalous.

The other major I had with the film was that the first half just wasn’t interesting. I didn’t care for Tippi Hedren’s character enough to emote to her on any level and it wasn’t until Sean Connery’s proper introduction the film really spiked my interest. From this point onwards it was magnificent.

CAMEO O’CLOCK

Hitch cameo’s five minutes in leaving a hotel room suspiciously.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

Although Marnie is not Hitchcock’s best it is a good example of a Hitchcock film and one that should still be regarded in fairly high esteem. 4 Hitchs.

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