in about 100 words or less
US 130m, Colour
Director: Alfred Hitchcock; Cast: Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Diane Baker, Martin Gabel, Louise Latham
Marnie is an interesting story of a mentally unstable young woman who is tormented by events in her childhood of which she has no conscious memory. Though spurning romantic relationships all her adult life, she reluctantly marries a wealthy businessman in order to avoid the authorities who want her for stealing from her previous employers. As with a number of Hitchcock’s films, this one suffers from clumsily executed painted backdrops which seem more of a cost savings measure, rather than artifact of Hitchcock’s expressionist roots. Though an engaging and suspenseful story, the psychological explanation now seems predictable and somewhat of a cliché, and certainly not nearly as shocking as it would have been in the early 1960s (Klaus Ming January 2013).