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Tippi Hedren and Sean Connery star in Alfred Hitchcock's psycho-sexual thriller. She's a kleptomaniac liar, terrified of being touched. He's a sexy Scot determined to get to the bottom of her neurosis
Despite the presence of two rising stars this uncomfortable thriller from the end of Hitchcock's career ranks among his less satisfying ventures. By his own admission it's a tricky film to classify and though certain sections are very intriguing indeed, there's a sense that neither the issues nor the characters are being given the room they deserve.
Marnie (Hedren) is a sexually disordered secretary who drifts from city to city robbing her employers' safes. Wealthy bachelor Mark (Connery) think he knows what her game is and proposes marriage as a solution to her problems. But the better he gets to know her the more damaged he realises she is, and Marnie's strange behaviour swiftly poses a threat to them both.
Fresh from Dr. No (1962) and From Russia With Love (1963), Connery is immensely assured and his presence is among the film's saving graces. Hedren (the girl Hitchcock made into a star the year before with The BirdsMarnie builds to a Freudian conclusion that's tragic rather than creepy, and despite the enjoyably sick tone that seeps through much of the film, Marnie herself never comes to life.
A worthwhile watch for anyone who's ever enjoyed Hitchcock, but by comparison with his better known stuff it's an example style overtaking substance.
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