Alfred Hitchcock’s 1964 film Marnie presents the culmination of Hitchcock’s use of artifice and his exercise of control over his films. Marnie contains elements of a thriller and a psychodrama. But, ultimately, it is a love story in the most twisted way possible.


Much of the criticism surrounding Marnie focuses on the artifice in the film. Hitchcock used rear projection landscapes throughout his career. Debra Fried has noted “Hitchcock employs a shopworn device to the ends of psychological portrayal. In classic studio films, rear projection, sometimes called a process shot, is a way to save the time and money of filming on location” (Fried 19). However, Marnie was released at a time when Hollywood conventions, such as rear projection, were being replaced by a more realistic cinema. This new trend was counter to Hitchcock’s cinema because the director was not trying to make realistic films. Hitchcock once said, “Some…

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