Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie
- Publish Date: 2013-07-29
- Binding: Hardcover
- Author: Tony Lee Moral
After a decade of successful films that included Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, and Psycho, Alfred Hitchcock produced Marnie, an apparent artistic failure and an unquestionable commercial disappointment. Over the decades, however, the films reputation has undergone a reevaluation, and both critics and fans alike have come to appreciate Marnies many qualities.
In Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie, Tony Lee Moral investigates the cultural and political factors governing the 1964 films production, the causes of its critical and commercial failure, and Marnies relevance for todays artists and filmmakers. Hitchcocks style, motivation, and fears regarding the film are well-documented in this examination of one of his most undervalued efforts. Moral uses extensive research, including personal interviews with Tippi Hedren and Psycho screenwriter Joseph Stefanoas well as unpublished excerpts from interviews with Hitchcock himselfto delve into the issues surrounding the films production and release.
This revised edition features four new chapters that provide even more fascinating insights into the films production and Hitchcocks working methods. Biographies of Winston Grahamthe author of the novel on which the film is basedand screenwriter Jay Presson Allen provide clues into how they brought a feminist viewpoint to Marnie. Additional material addresses Hitchcocks unrealized project Mary Rose and his efforts to bring it to the screen, the directors visual style and subjective approach to Marnie, and an exploration of the real Alfred Hitchcock. The book also addresses criticisms of the director following the HBO television movie The Girl, which depicted the filming of Marnie.
With newly obtained access to the Hitchcock Collection Production Archives at the Margaret Herrick Library, the files of Jay and Lewis Allen, and the memoirs of Winston Grahamas well as interviews in 2012 with the Hitchcock crewthis new edition of Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie provides an invaluable look behind the scenes of a film that has finally been recognized for its influence and vision. It contains more than thirty photos, including a storyboard sequence for the film.