UNDER CAPRICORN
1949, BFI, 117 min, UK, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Director Alfred Hitchcock shot this film about a love triangle in 1830s Australia in long takes, à la ROPE, to explore the motivations of some very complex characters. Joseph Cotten is an Irish ex-convict turned successful landowner; Ingrid Bergman is his wife, being pushed toward alcohol-induced delirium until childhood acquaintance Michael Wilding appears. Jack Cardiff provides the striking Technicolor cinematography.


I CONFESS
1953, Warner Bros., 95 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Montgomery Clift plays a priest who undergoes a crisis of faith when he hears a murderer's confession; as the film progresses, he takes on the man's guilt as his own, both literally (as police wrongly suspect him of the murder) and psychologically. The French critics of the 1950s considered this to be one of Hitchcock's major works, and it remains among his most underrated masterpieces.


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