Under Capricorn – 1949 – English
Suspense film directed in 1949 by Alfred Hitchcock, and starring Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding, Margaret Leighton, Cecil Parker, Denis O’Dea, Jack Watling, Harcourt Williams, John Ruddock, Bill Shine, Victor Lucas, Ronald Adam, Francis De Wolff, G.H. Mulcaster, Olive Sloane, Maureen Delaney, Julia Lang, Betty McDermott…
Synopsis: 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.
Review: Under Capricorn, is along with Notorious, I Confess and Rear Window Hitchcocks greatest film. Under Capricorn has been greatly under appreciated mainly because it was a commercial failure and because Hitchcock talked the movie down saying that he only made it for Ingrid Bergman. The truth is that he had been working on getting it made for years, would he really put his production company under pressure on it’s second project with a $2.5 million budget if he didn’t care for it. Maybe part of its mixed reputation is because it’s not a thriller, being a character driven movie, at just under two hours long its not you’re typical Hitchcock movie. But the story is revealed in a wonderful way, with such a great romantic feeling that I’m amazed that it’s not more highly thought off by the general public. If there ever was a more beautifully film movie I’ve never seen it. Ingrid Bergman is as she always is, brilliant; her 10-minuet scene in which she tells wilding the whole story of what happened is pure magic. Another great moment is when Bergman has locked herself in her room and wilding comes through her window. Joseph Cotton is also on top form. Really all that I’ve got left to say is if you haven’t yet seen this film and you get the chance to don’t waste that chance. I wish it would come out on DVD or video I’ve nearly worn my copy out.