Marnie (1964, USA) C-130m. ***˝ D: Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery, Diane Baker, Martin Gabel, Louise Latham, Bob Sweeney, Alan Napier, Bruce Dern, Alfred Hitchcock. Sophisticated psycho drama from the master about troubled secretary Hedren, who keeps stealing money and changing her identity until she is caught by Connery, a wealthy businessman, who falls in love with her. Can he find out what's troubling her? Plot (based on the Winston Graham novel) is overlong but keeps you involved nevertheless, with some typical Hitchcock elements. The puzzle pieces come together in the stunning final third. Highly recommended, especially to cult movie buffs, as this was a decisive influence on Dario Argento's PROFONDO ROSSO (childhood trauma, nursery rhymes, the color red, mother complex…) Excellent score by Bernard Herrmann.


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