Movie Monday: Marnie 1964
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.
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.
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!)