Marnie still

Each month, Melanie Friesen invites a distinguished guest to Vancity Theatre’s Cinema Salon, in order to present his/her favourite film. After the screening, both audience and speaker have the opportunity to engage over drinks and snacks in the Vancity lounge. This month’s film is Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie.

Following her terrifying role in The Birds, Tippi Hedren plays Marnie, a beautiful woman but a compulsive thief, who passes herself off as a secretary. She charms herself into a job, robs the safe, and then disappears. She applies for her next job without realizing that the boss, Sydney (Sean Connery), knows about her stealing ways. The theft however intrigues him, so he hires her.

Sydney subsequently falls in love, blackmails Marnie into marriage, and finds out how truly disturbed she is. After a rape and a suicide attempt on the honeymoon, Sydney helps Marnie discover the root of her fears. Marnie, considered by many critics to be Hitchcock’s last masterpiece, was also the last film he directed with his “beautiful blondes” as well as the final film with his go-to director of photography, editor, and composer.

Monte Clark

This month’s Cinema Salon is hosted by Monte Clark, owner and director of Vancouver’s Monte Clark Gallery. Since 1992, the gallery has represented some of Canada’s finest and most renowned artists, and contributes works to major exhibitions worldwide. Clark has served as a board member of both the Art Dealers Association of Canada and the Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver) and was a juror for the RBC Painting Competition. Clark attended the 52nd Venice Biennale in support of Canadian artist Mark Lewis as Lewis’ exclusive North American representative.

Vancity Cinema Salon with Monte Clark Presents Marnie
Date: Tuesday, August 6, 7:30 pm
Venue: Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $13.00; may be purchased online

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