Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Forgotten Movies: MARNIE




The last time I saw this one, I thought it was a misfire, but I have changed my mind over the years. I think it is a  good character study of a woman damaged by what goes on in her childhood and not allowed to recover. What a cruel mother evoked here. It might be too obvious by today's standards but it was probably a brave look at mental illness at the time.

Worth watching if it comes your way. Tippi Hedren is great and Sean Connery holds his own in a different sort of role than he usually plays.

6 comments:

Deb said...

This is one of my favorite Hitchcock movies--in fact, I just saw it a few days ago on TCM. You're right that things are very obvious now, but not so much 50 years ago. And again, there is the love-lorn, put-upon, rejected brunette, Diane Baker (cf., Barbara Bel Geddes in Vertigo; Suzanne Plashette in The Birds): ignored by the hero, despised by Hitchcock.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Clearly he had trouble with all women--they had to be the Madonna, the unattainable.

Steve Oerkfitz said...

Never enjoyed this. Just can't warm to Tippi Hedren-mediocre actress with zero sex appeal.

George said...

MARNIE is an off-beat Hitchcock movie, but I really like it. As you say, Sean Connery plays a very different role.

Margot Kinberg said...

Oh, I've always had a soft spot for Hitchcock, I must admit. This one isn't tops on my list, but it's good.

david hartzog said...

I saw this one at the time, and many times since, one of my favorite Hitchcock films, literate and affecting, great performances from Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren, and esp. from Louise Lathem. A true classic like Vertigo and Notorious.