Movie Monday: Marnie 1964

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Marnie is such a great film for budding Alfred Hitchcock fans- the kids who were drawn in by the drama of Vertigo and by the suspense of North By Northwest. Marnie is one of those Hitchcock movies that can easily slip under the radar for some reason. I mean, really, not a lot of people know that Sean Connery ever starred in a Hitchcock film, not to mention Tippi Hedren ever appearing in a movie without birds violently attacking her pretty head. So if you're a fan of the master of suspense, and wonder what other movie titles you should carve into your Hitchcockian bedpost- this is a great one! But don't worry- there are more reasons to watch Marnie other than flexing your film-guru muscles.

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Tippi Hedren stars in what I think is her most convincing role- a sly and mysterious female criminal who has no trouble attracting the menfolk, and lots of trouble keeping them away. Mark Rutland (Sean Connery) might know a little something about Marnie's criminal history, and finds her all the more appealing because of it. Their relationship develops through happenstance, blackmail, and curiosity- culminating in Mr. Rutland's discovery of what's really wrong with Marnie.

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Watching Marnie is a fun experience- for the style and cinematography alone. Hedren and Connery actually turn in great acting performances (Hedren isn't known for her acting chops), and all of the supporting characters work together to bolster what might might otherwise be a boring plot- The inner workings of the female-criminal's mind. Hitchcock manages to spin together some suspense in unexpected places (his true genius!), and if you're anything like me- your curiosity will keep you glued to the screen until the end. I mean really, the main mystery of this movie to me was how anyone could resist the charm of 1960's Sean Connery. (Point and case below!)

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9 Responses

  1. Tara says:

    I have enjoyed reading your film reviews and this is the first one I have been able to watch. I found it on YouTube in 15 parts. It was a good watch. I’ll have to check out some of the others. Thanks for the fun movie posts.

  2. Mici says:

    I loved Riding in cars with boys(not sure if I wrote it right), such a strong story

  3. Laura says:

    i love marnie, had to watch it immediately after reading your post! :-) x

  4. Kit says:

    Oh this post came at such a good time! I just bought Marnie to try to fill out a special deal (just needed an extra DVD to add to the pile). I’ve been meaning to watch it but think now I’ll move it right to the top of my ‘must watch’ list- it looks great!

  5. Definitely going to check this one out! Even though Roger Moore will always be my favourite Bond, you can’t deny how utterly charming Sean Connery is :)

  6. Sue says:

    Sean Connery was HOT in this film!

  7. Love, Carrie says:

    saw this for the first time like 10 years ago and now every time i get a chance i thuroughly enjoy watching it….great pic <3

  8. Meredith says:

    Hubs & I love Hitchcock but never got around to seeing “Marnie” until just last week. The opening shot of the yellow purse made me gasp out loud…so stinking gorgeous. We enjoyed it, overall, despite its uber-dramatic moments…and yeah, I was impressed with Ms. Tippi’s performance, too.
    OH and the jealous sister-in-law’s look was to die for.

  9. Scout says:

    I love Hitchcock so much! I am so excited to watch this…sometime. Actually, just this weekend I finally bought Psycho, and I can’t wait to watch it again :)