Perhaps the most underrated of Hitchcock’s late-period American films, Marnie was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but has since been reappraised by many as one of the director’s masterpieces: a disquieting, Vertigo-like study of perverse romance and romantic obsession. Tippi Hedren, fresh from her appearance in The Birds (and here suffering off-screen under Hitchcock's own overbearing obsession with her), has the title role as a beautiful but pathologically frigid kleptomaniac. Sean Connery co-stars as the wealthy employer who discovers her larcenous nature. No slouch in the emotionally- confused department himself, he blackmails Marnie into marrying him. Red shock-flashes are used to convey the heroine's precarious psychological state; critics are still debating whether or not the obviously artificial elements — fake backdrops, clumsy rear projection — are also Expressionist devices or just slapdash. "Hitchcock's most liberated and poetic film, Marnie is a masterpiece of psychological mystery that encompasses all of the director's obsessions" (James Monaco). "As sour a vision of male-female interaction as Vertigo ... It’s thrilling to watch, lush, cool, and oddly moving" (Geoff Andrew, Time Out). Colour, 35mm. 125 mins.
"Universally despised on its first release, Marnie remains one of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest and darkest achievements."Chicago Reader | full review
"Viewed from the safe distance of four decades after its release, Marnie, perhaps even more than The Birds, emerges as the director's definitive late-period masterpiece."Slant | full review
"Thrilling to watch."Time Out | full review