Marnie (Better Know Your Hitchcock)

marnieDr. Girlfriend and I are on a major Alfred Hitchcock kick, and we thought we’d take you along for the ride.  We’re going on a tour of some of his most famous films, a journey that’s sure to be filled with thrills, chills and other words that often appear on Hitchcock movie posters.  I’m not going to bother scoring or all out reviewing Hitchcock’s movies because they’re all great, all classics – this is more of an awareness campaign reminding you to check ’em out.  Today, we’re taking a look at Marnie.

I don’t recommend watching the trailer because it doesn’t wasn’t accurately reflect the movie and spoils some of the best moments in the movie (although they’re wildly out of context), but if you must, here it is.

I wouldn’t say Marnie is my favorite Hitchcock movie, but it may be the strangest.  The characters are, in a word, strange.  Tippi Hedren’s Marnie might strike you as strange, but Sean Connery’s Mark is equally as strange – and for very different reasons.  In fact, I recommend watching the trailer after you’ve seen the movie and see how the Mark that is portrayed in the film matches the Mark you saw in the movie.  Do they match up?  Only you know for sure.

I love the opening shot of Marnie carrying the handbag at the train station, but this score gets tiresome after a while – maybe it’s just me, but I find it redundant as hell.  Also, many folks maintain that the handbag is symbolism for Marnie’s vagina because…    she keeps money in there, and money is her power (where as other women’s power comes from their vagina?!?)… or… something.  I dunno.  At least I think it’s fair to say that from the angle we’re shown, the handbag does kinda resemble a vagina.


THIS. Because… obviously, this is a symbolic vagina.

I won’t bother explaining or summarizing any of this movie because it’ll take to long and spoil it, but I think Marnie is worth the ride, even if it’s populated by strange people behaving oddly.  The end certainly gives you some answers, if not all…  it’s hard for me to decide even now if I truly get the flick.  I may need to watch Marnie again.

When I wrote about The Birds, I said, “It’s weird, but it’s awesome, and I highly recommend it.”  That’s true for Marnie, too, but it’s weird in a totally different way.  I recommend you give this one a look – the entire movie is posted on YouTube here.

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