Cinema: A Minor Hitch

Marnie. When Marnie (Tippi Hedren) confronts a bouquet of crimson gladioli, the screen goes red. When she spills red ink, she flees. Red coats at a hunt, red dots on a jockey's colors panic her. Why is she so terrified of the color red? Too much like blood, maybe?

That's too easy, of course. Confidently, viewers settle back expecting old Master Spooksmith Alfred Hitchcock to splash some real surprises on the screen. Visions of Spellbound, Rear Window and Psycho dance in their heads. But all that develops is that red equals blood and Marnie...

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