All through the month of January, The Loft celebrates the films of Alfred Hitchcock and the women who made them classics! They were daring and beautiful. They were sophisticated, smart, cool and dangerous. And most importantly, they were blondes … Hitchcock Blondes.
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"Hitchcock's most liberated and poetic film, Marnie is a masterpiece of psychological mystery that encompasses all of the director's obsessions." - James Monaco, TV Guide’s Movie Reviews
Marnie (Tippi Hedren) is a beautiful thief and compulsive liar who cannot stand to be touched by any man. When her wealthy boss Mark Rutland (Sean Connery) develops a strange erotic obsession with his mysteriously troubled employee, their highly unconventional relationship gradually evolves into full-fledged (but dangerously manipulative) love when he blackmails her in to marrying him under threat of revealing her crimes. Thus begins one of the most twisted courtships ever captured on film as Mark tries to "help" his reluctant new wife overcome the shocking secret from her past that has led her to become a damaged soul. Overlooked and misunderstood at the time of its release in 1964, Hitchcock’s Marnie has since grown in stature to become regarded today as one of the director’s most accomplished and unique films – a boldly unconventional psychological thriller that taps into a gusher of Hitchcockian obsessions, including the fear of suppressed female sexuality, false identities, childhood trauma, unhealthy relationships and the director's own fascination with cool blondes and "pure cinema." Featuring a riveting performance by The Birds star Tippi Hedren as perhaps the ultimate Hitchcock Blonde (with the director’s personal off-screen obsession with Hedren fueling the oddly sadomasochistic tone of the film), Marnie is a strange trip into the mind of Alfred Hitchcock that cannot be easily forgotten. (Dir. by Alfred Hitchcock, 1964, USA, 130 mins., Not Rated) Digital