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Under Capricorn

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 1949
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • 117 mins
  • PG

Summary

Period melodrama set in 1830s Australia, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten and Michael Wilding. After eloping with her father's groom, the daughter of an Irish aristocrat is struggling to come to terms with life Down Under, despite her husband's new-found wealth as a real estate entrepreneur. As she sinks into alcoholism, her scheming maid sees an opportunity to stir up trouble.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This melodrama with strong echoes of Rebecca and Suspicion is one of Alfred Hitchcock's oddest movies, though the master's hand is still firmly in evidence. Set in 19th-century Australia, it stars Ingrid Bergman as a rich woman coming to terms with her marriage to stablehand and transported convict Joseph Cotten. The production was troubled by the start of Bergman's famous love affair with Roberto Rossellini, which resulted in her exile from Hollywood, and by Hitchcock's eagerness to finish the film quickly to avoid paying British taxes. Fresh from Rope, with its experimental single-take technique, Hitchcock intended to shoot Under Capricorn in a similar style. This idea was quickly abandoned, though you may notice some shots that run for more than five minutes without a cut, contributing to the film's heady, half-baked romanticism. It was a terrible flop on release, though, as with many Hitchcock films, it has been re-evaluated in recent years.

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Credits

Cast

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Lady Henrietta FluskyIngrid Bergman
Sam FluskyJoseph Cotten
Charles AdareMichael Wilding
MillyMargaret Leighton
GovernorCecil Parker
CorriganDenis O'Dea
WinterJack Watling
CoachmanHarcourt Williams
Mr PotterJohn Ruddock
Mr BanksBill Shine
Reverend SmileyVictor Lucas
Mr RiggsRonald Adam

Crew

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DirectorAlfred Hitchcock

Details

Theatrical distributor
Capricorn Prods Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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