Under Capricorn (1949)
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Returning to his old Elstree Studios headquarters in England, Alfred Hitchcock did his best with Hume Cronyn's adaptation of the James Bridie novel Under Capricorn. Costume drama was never Hitchcock's forte, as proven by his disappointing Jamaica Inn (1939), but Capricorn does have its moments. Set in Australia in the early 19th century, the film concerns the tribulations of Lady Henrietta (Ingrid Bergman), who was driven out of her home in disgrace after eloping with unkempt stableman Sam
Jan 1, 1949 Limited
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Giddily atypical in its style even as it explores lurid new byways of Hitchcock's familiar obsessions.
Under Capricorn is overlong and talky, with scant measure of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller tricks.
A strangely unexciting but emotionally intriguing Hitchcock costume drama with echoes of Rebecca and Suspicion.
It seems that neither Miss Bergman nor Mr. Hitchcock has tangled here with stuff of any better than penny-dreadful substance and superfical demands.
Shot in astonishingly elaborate long takes, this is the kind of film that finds the most brilliant poetry in the slightest movement of the camera -- a paradigm of cinematic expression.
Talky and static, with little of Hitchcock's trademark suspense. The costume drama was not his metier, and he wisely decided to stay out of the genre after this.
Despite star power (Ingrid Bergman), this historical drama is one of Hitchcoçk's few weaak films.
The character-driven dark film has a poignant romanticism that is not thought of when you think of a Hitchcock film.
A rare bad Hitchcock movie
Despite the odd experimentally distended take, Hitch seems as glum and dissatisfied with the material as his cast.
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