I watched Marnie again on Saturday, exceeding more than 100 times. It inspired me to pull out this post I starting writing just after I saw the made for TV film The Girl, about the relationship between Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock during the making of the films The Birds and Marnie. A superb depiction of Hitchcock as “a beast” and the torture Tippi Hedren had to endure. My next piece on films will my interpretation of The Girl and Alfred Hitchcock, himself, whom I watched through all the years with great admiration. After what I know now, my evaluation of Alfred Hitchcock outside of his directorial accomplishments has greatly changed.
Read on and discover Tippi Hedren and if you have never seen the films she made with Hitchcock, I would highly recommend that you either find them on DVD or Blu-Ray or find a site that streams them. They are both fantastic films that will grab a hold of your attention until the last reel finishes rolling.
A response to a comment made on my post: Alfred Hitchcock: Man or Beast. [Watch For This Post On Expats In Very Near Future along with further posts connected to Tippi Hedren &/or Alfred Hitchcock - plus other Films & Reviews].
Mr. Hitchcock had an obsession with Tippi Hedren and pursued her endlessly and she rebuffed him. He retaliated by the cruelty he showed in his treatment of her during the shooting of the the film The Birds and Marnie. In The Birds, he taped over and over the birds attacking her in the scene in the phone booth, where he even has a fake bird come crashing through the phone booth’s glass walls, purposefully to terrorize.
Her nerves were shot already. This just caused her to be further traumatized. Then to add to this, the scene where Tippi’s character is caught up against the door of a room in the house which the birds have surrounded, he has this scene shot over and over for hours as the birds literally attack her, causing her injuries and to bleed. He refused to yell “cut.”
During the filming of Marnie, all along still pursuing her sexually and feeling romantically toward her, even through her many rejections, he kept pushing himself on her and threatening her. When she told him she was going to quit, his verbal response was to tell her he will ruin her in the film industry. His directorial response was to use his power to traumatize her during several of the sexually questionable scenes.
Her character in Marnie witnesses something extremely traumatizing when she is a child but it is buried. A direct outcome from the blanked out memories is for Marnie to become a kleptomaniac and she hates the touch of any man. Sean Connery plays the male lead, Mark Rutland, who finds her character out and convinces her it would be in her best interest for her if she marry him.
Of course, his unconsummated marriage and his patience eventually lead to a scene where he cannot hold back any longer from wanting to be sexual with his wife.
This scene Hitchcock plays to the creep in himself and the scene ends up appearing real, if it is not so, that Sean Connery’s character, Mark, drops her robe to the floor, in one motion, and she is naked before him. He then forces himself on her. Which then leads to the next morning, an empty bed beside him. He rushes to the upper decks to find Marnie floating in the ship’s pool face down.
The sex scene is created in such a way that leads you to see Hitchcock as a voyeuristic creep who relishes every moment that Tippi Hedren is suffering while doing the scene. Added to the scene is that Hitchcock takes his time before he says “cut.” Once again, long after it should have been said.
This makes me so angry that he treated Tippi in such a manner. In another instance, he throws himself on her while they are in the limo just before the premiere of The Birds. It was quite clear from the start that Tippi Hedren was not interested in Hitchcock in this manner and he kept forcing himself on her and everyone could see it happening including his wife, but would do nothing to stop him. He was too powerful.
I am a fan of Tippi Hedren’s for her portrait of the character of Marnie. I felt a connection with her from the first time I watched this film as a kid. It always captures me. It is a traumatic experience, but a release and satisfaction comes from the ending.
I, also, respect Ms. Hedren for her work with animals, wild and tame. This furthers my respect for her, her advocacy for the humane treatment of animals, my strongest of causes. I have loved animals for my entire life and could not live without them as companions and in their existence on Earth in the wild preferred but, also, in man made habitats that are humanely structured.
Her daughter Melanie Griffith stated of the film “Hitchcock,” that she hoped they portrayed him accurately, as the motherf@cker that he was.
You see why he has lost a great deal of any honour or good feelings that I had for him. He was well known for not having respect for actors and also known for his casting of blonds. I told my partner while watching The Girl that he better not have treated Julie Andrews like that when they made Torn Curtain.
If he tried I am sure that Paul Newman would have punched him out. Paul Newman said of Julie: “That she is the last of the great broads.” Not offensive in the manner to which I am sure he meant it.
What follows are more trailers & photographs from her film Marnie. Also, there are more photographs from The Birds. I felt for Marnie, Tippi Hedren should have been honoured by the Academy with no less than an Oscar Nomination for her brilliant portrayal of the character of Marnie. She was, also, brilliant as Melanie Daniels in The Birds.
Tippi Hedren gave an excellent performance as Marnie, a character I have watched over and over again. My film collection would, of course, have Marnie amongst all the other remarkable films made over the years. I am an obsessive cinephile who appreciates films from any era or language.
Her next film after The Birds was the title role in Hitchcock’s masterpiece Marnie (1964) with Sean Connery, where she gave the performance of her life.
Though it took years before she won well-deserved admiration for her work, the film Marnie is now widely considered a classic. The professional relationship with Hitchcock ended with mutual bitterness and disappointment during the filming of Marnie.
Her performance as Melanie Daniels in The Birds (1963) is ranked #86 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
Tippi Hedren found it touching when Sean Connery, her leading man from Marnie (1964), said on television that she was underrated while almost everyone in Hollywood was overrated.
Of all her films, Marnie (1964) continues to be her favorite film, because of the complex title character.
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