Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Marnie or The Birds ?

 My friend Jo an gave me a beautiful book the other week; 'Barbie Millicent Roberts, an original' ( thank you Jo an ), which is a gorgeous coffee table book on Barbie doll, photographed by D. Levinthal. Now as you know; I only (used) to collect Sindy and I'm not a great fan Barbie - far too pushy for my liking, I've always had the suspicion that Barbie would only talk to you if she thought you could be useful to her - so unlike our dear old Sindy, who would talk to you purely because she liked you. but ofcourse; it is the pushy types who always seem to succeed, and maybe it was Sindy's 'niceness' that was her undoing ? come to think of it; that was probably where I went wrong; I should have been more Joan Fontain and less Margaret O'Brien...

Still; the book is lovely. All the original costumes are from the early 60's, and there's a real MadMen feel to them, but the one I've put up made me think of Hitchcock's film Marnie. Which has got me thinking all week, what's my favourite Hitchcock film? Marnie ? or The Birds?

The Birds has been my favourite film of all time since I was a wee boy, but recently I've begun to find myself drawn more and more to Marnie. I wonder why ? The films themselves have much in common, the lead character is played by the same actress Tippi Hedren, and in both films she portrays a young woman who has been abandoned ( emotionally or physically ) by her mother, she hides behind a carefully constructed persona, and her troubles only begin once she allows her self to fall in love

Here's a photo I took last year recreating the famous opening shot of Marnie, me and my friend Lizzie asked the station master if we could take a photo on the platform, he said you're not allowed to do that any more   ( terrorist or something !); however, he said he'd turn a blind eye for 5 minutes - so me and Lizzie legged it down to the platform and whilst I held Sindy upright Lizzie got behind me and held her camera phone in front of my face and I had to direct her till doll was in frame - then 'click' and off we scarpered. Have to say in all honesty - not a bad photo !

( for any freaky sindy freaks out there; the jacket is part of the 1980 Cool Customer outfit... )

Oh dear! I just don't know who to choose ? I guess if someone was to attach a long cage to my face with a rat temporarily secured at the other end, I would probably have to go for The Birds, if only because I find Melanie Daniels more appealing, more vulnerable. at the end of the film, you really do believe she has changed, and allowed us to see who she really is. Whereas in Marnie, when she's in the back of the car with Sean Connery I get the feeling that for all of her fine words about change and love - she's just playing for time . When it comes down to it, Melanie is a sindy and Marnie is a Barbie, if you know what I mean.