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Overview

This extensive look into the making of Alfred Hitchcock's most controversial film, Marnie, investigates the causes of the film's critical and commercial failure, the cultural and political factors governing the film's production, and the relevance the film has for today's artists and filmmakers. Hitchcock's style, motivation, and fears regarding the film are well-documented in this probing look at one of his most undervalued efforts. Author Tony Lee Moral uses extensive research, including personal interviews with Tippi Hedren, author Winston Graham, and Psycho screenwriter Joseph Stefano - as well as unpublished excerpts from interviews with Hitchcock himself - to delve into the issues surrounding the film's production and release. Moral gives readers an invaluable look behind the scenes at a film that is only now being recognized for its influence and vision. Contains more than thirty photos, including a story board sequence for the film.

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Editorial Reviews

Cineaste
Moral's research is impressive....he relies extensively on the special collection of Hitchcock materials deposited at the Margaret Herrick Library of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences after the director's death. He has supplemented this material with a series of interviews he conducted with many of those who worked on the film including...Diane Baker, Robert Boyle, Sean Connery, Winston Graham...and Tippi Hedren....a firstrate history of the development of Marnie...
Reference and Research Book News
Documentary filmmaker Moral chronicles the progress of the movie Marnie from its conception, writing, phases of production, and release in 1964, to critical interpretation and assimilation within the art film world. The film's feminist and political themes are examined and glossy black and white photographs are provided. Originally published in hardback in 2002.
Scope
A superior work of production history reasonable in scope and supported by ample evidence, both textual and otherwise. Ultimately, Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie is an engaging - and sorely needed - case study of how a film is made, and will satisfy students of cinema and scholars of Hitchcock, alike.
Hitchcock Annual
This book should be read by anyone interested in Marnie and in Hitchcock.
Crime Time
Tony Lee Moral is the perfect guide to the creative process that produces this fascinating movie.
Film Review
Impeccably researched and consistently fascinating in its accumulation of anecdotes and minutiae, this is unquestionably one of the best books ever written about the Master of Suspense. Outstanding. Five Stars
Patrick McGilligan
Tony Lee Moral has conducted a definitive investigation into the making and meaning of Marnie, which, for fans and scholars of Hitchcock, remains the suspense master's most enigmatic, controversial film.
Ken Mogg
Who better than a film lover trained in zoology as well as psychology to write a book on Hitchcock's great, if controversial, Marnie? Tony Lee Moral fits the bill perfectly.
Diane Baker
Tony Moral's meticulous research is the foundation of this fascinating book on the creative life of Hitchcock the filmmaker. The behind the scenes look at this famous director is full of insight and intelligence. It is an invaluable book and should be read by every film student and anyone who is the least bit interested in film. A very rewarding read.
Filmwerk
Moral has written a thoughtful, definitely well researched and strong study on the process of how this film was adapted, constructed, filmed and marketed as well as a great deal of attention to the original book’s author, Winston Graham and how it was changed and adapted as a very different screenplay by Evan Hunter who had just finished working on The Birds for Hitchcock was employed to write a draft.
Scope: An Online Journal of Film and Television Studies
A superior work of production history reasonable in scope and supported by ample evidence, both textual and otherwise. Ultimately, Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie is an engaging - and sorely needed - case study of how a film is made, and will satisfy students of cinema and scholars of Hitchcock, alike.
Kamera.co.uk
An essential purchase for anyone interested in the wonderful films of its director, Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie does exactly what its title suggests. Incredibly detailed and with a range of storyboards and production stills to illustrate the narrative, it provides both a fascinating history and a valuable re-examination of a controversial film.
Alfred Hitchcock Geek
Marnie is Hitchcock’s most maligned film; some even insist that it’s a grandiose failure. But it’s also received some of filmdom’s most lavish praise. Critic Robin Wood went so far as to declare it “one of the four or five most beautiful films the cinema has yet given us.” Well, which is it? Disaster or masterpiece? Tony Lee Moral makes a 267-page case for the latter. . .His research goes deep; every page is a revelation for film buffs and Hitchcock geeks alike. . . .Citing intensive research from the Hitchcock archives at the famed Margaret Herrick Library in Beverly Hills, [Moral] reconstructs a clear narrative of the use of special effects in this movie from pre-production and into post-production, including Hitch’s own at times contradictory remarks after the fact.
Media Mikes
Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie is packed with the kind of inside information that film fans love. From the studios’ reservations about casting Sean Connery, who they were only familiar with from his appearances as James Bond to tidbits of Hitchcock’s directing shorthand. It is inside info like this that gives the book life, so much so that you feel you are personally involved in the production. . .An entertaining read from start to finish, I highly recommend Hitchcock and the Making of Marnie to any film fan curious in the art of motion picture making.
Film International
[A]n exemplar of revision; not only does Moral’s book correct and update an earlier work, but also expands and enhances with new content that shapes our previous understanding. And this is a timely re-release, given the recent surge of interest in Hitchcock, coalescing around the 90th anniversary—in 2012—of him making his first film, as well as the appearance of contentious biopics The Girl (2012) and Hitchcock (2012). What results, in the hands of Moral, is a book that celebrates the uneasy position of Marnie as, depending upon your point of view, the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning of Hitchcock’s directing career.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810856844
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: Scarecrow Filmmakers Series , #95
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Tony Lee Moral is a documentary filmmaker and writer who has produced a number of award winning films around the world. His work includes behind the scenes profiles of film and television dramas, science fiction and animation.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 1 Genesis Chapter 2 2 Writing Chapter 3 3 Preproduction Chapter 4 4 Filming Chapter 5 5 Postproduction Chapter 6 6 Marketing Chapter 7 7 Critical Reception Chapter 8 8 Artistic Interpretation Chapter 9 Afterword Chapter 10 Appendix A: Marnie Cast and Crew Chapter 11 Appendix B: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

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