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The Trouble with Marnie (2000)

TV Movie  |   |  Documentary  |  30 May 2000 (USA)
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This hour long documentary on the making of Alfred Hitchcock's "Marnie" incorporates the usual melange of contemporary interviews with surviving participants and liberal helpings of film clips and production shots. It also presents a nice selection of script pages and memos as well. In the former category we find cast members 'Tippi' Hedren, Diane Baker, and Louise Latham, rejected screenwriters Joseph Stefano and Evan Hunter, final screenwriter Jay Presson Allen, daughter Pat Hitchcock O'Connell, production designer Robert Boyle, makeup artist Howard Smit, unit manager Hilton Green, Hitchcock historian Robin Wood, composer Bernard Herrmann biographer Steven C. Smith, and Hitchcock fan/filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich. An entertaining account of the film's production, the participants offer loads of valuable information and anecdotes. Highly enjoyable for Hitchcock fans and the film's growing number of admirers. Written by alfiehitchie

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Good Documentary But Slightly Disappointing
2 May 2006 | by (Brighouse, England) – See all my reviews

"The Trouble with Marnie" is a very informative and interesting documentary, it is of a substantial length and emerges (along with "The Making of Psycho" and "All about the Birds") as one of the better featurettes in the Hitchcock Collection.

All the interviews are fascinating to watch, and being a Tippi Hedren fan, it is a real treat to watch her talk about her filming experiences. Jay Presson Allen and Evan Hunter also made interesting contributions to the documentary and it was quite a surprise to hear about Evan and Hitchcock's dispute over the "rape" scene. It was also a treat to hear from Louise Latham and Diane Baker, I always find it far more interesting listening to people actually involved in the production and acting of the film as appose to Film Historians and Biographers (but we do hear from afew of them as well).

However, and that's a big "however" seen as I must nit-pick at this thing, I have two great disappointments with it. Firstly the lack of Sean Connery is very frustrating as we all know he is alive and well and could (and should) contribute to such documentaries. But then he is a very private man and, as far as I know, doesn't care much for giving interviews. But I feel that with his participation my mind would be taken off my other much much bigger disappointment with the documentary. That is it deals with none of the controversy that arose between Hedren and Hitchcock during the production. It is well known that the pair had a major fall out during the making of the film but I've never heard it straight from Hedren herself. It is a great disappointment as she is right there sitting, yet she says nothing about the subject. Now this could be due to two reasons, either Tippi Hedren does not want to talk about the matter, or (and i think this is much more likely) being a Laurent Bouzereau documentary, it is relatively controversy free. This really irritates me about Laurent Bouzereau his featurettes are always good and entertaining but they could be so much better with just that little bit more. There's never any talk of major arguments, its basically always people talking about how much they thought Hitch was brilliant and how everybody was great and everyone had a great time, well it is well documented that not everyone did have a great time filming Marnie! Just some disappointments stop this documentary from being brilliant, but it is still a worthy watch.


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