Under Capricorn

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A young gentleman goes to Australia where he reunites with his now married childhood sweetheart, only to find out she has become an alcoholic and harbors dark secrets. A Woman Driven By The Demons Of Hell!

ACTORS :  Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1949

POSTAGE : Free postage within Australia

 

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Under Capricorn  In 1831, Irishman Charles Adare (Michael Wilding) travels to Australia to start a new life with the help of his cousin, who has just been appointed Governor. When he arrives, he meets powerful landowner and ex-convict Sam Flusky (Joseph Cotten), who wants to do a business deal with him. While attending a dinner party at Flusky’s house, Charles meets Flusky’s wife Henrietta (Ingrid Bergman), whom he had known as a child back in Ireland. Henrietta is an alcoholic, and seems to be on the verge of madness.

Underrated and beautifully photographed

Under Capricorn  While certainly uncharacteristic of Hitchcock’s American films this film still has the Master’s unmistakable imprint. Joseph Cotton is excellent in his role as a common man who resents the upper class of which he can never be a part. The rest of the actors do a fine job including Ingrid Bergman’s turn as Cotton’s drunk half mad wife. Perhaps the best and most interesting aspect of the film is the gorgeous Technicolor cinematography by Jack Cardiff. Cardiff who is probably best known for his work with Powell and Pressburger does a great job bringing the rich color of this period piece to the screen. The camera work is also characteristically Hitchcock with many long traveling shots with wonderfully complex compositions. The pace is slow and lacking suspense, but the characters and the situations are interesting and make the film work despite the pacing problems. Certainly not one of Hitchcock’s strongest films, but definitely worth watching.

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It was an enjoyable movie but I like the non-typical Hitchcock films.

Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotton are wonderful and I really like Michael Wilding (he was great in Stage Fright also).

This film was a little reminiscent of Gaslight (when I was a kid I thought Gaslight was a Hitchcock film) I really don’t know why they say typical Hitchcock anyway, his films are really from one end of the spectrum to the other.

It was his only period piece so I was curious to see it I really liked this film and hope more people will give it a try, In my humble opinion his last 2 movies were the worst.

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