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Under Capricorn

Under Capricorn (1949)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

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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

Jun 17, 2003

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (7) | Rotten (5) | DVD (4)

Giddily atypical in its style even as it explores lurid new byways of Hitchcock's familiar obsessions.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Under Capricorn is overlong and talky, with scant measure of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller tricks.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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A strangely unexciting but emotionally intriguing Hitchcock costume drama with echoes of Rebecca and Suspicion.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It seems that neither Miss Bergman nor Mr. Hitchcock has tangled here with stuff of any better than penny-dreadful substance and superfical demands.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

March 3, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Despite star power (Ingrid Bergman), this historical drama is one of Hitchcoçk's few weaak films.

August 12, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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The character-driven dark film has a poignant romanticism that is not thought of when you think of a Hitchcock film.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A rare bad Hitchcock movie

January 31, 2004
Atlantic City Weekly

Despite the odd experimentally distended take, Hitch seems as glum and dissatisfied with the material as his cast.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for Under Capricorn

Any Hitchcock film has interesting things in but this somewhat overheated soap opera isn't one of his best. Would have benefited from being between 15 to 20 minutes shorter.
September 24, 2013
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Um dos filmes mais incomuns de Hitchcock por não se tratar de um suspense tradicional e sim um drama de época. Infelizmente, também é uma de suas produções menos atraentes. Baseado em um romance escrito por Helen Simpson, a história se desenrola na Austrália colonial de 1831. Em uma atuação que traz ecos de seu papel oscarizado em À Meia Luz, Ingrid Bergman é Lady Henrietta, a perturbada e alcoolizada esposa de um próspero ex-condenado irlandês (o sempre versátil Joseph Cotten) com má fama entre a elite australiana. O conflito se desenrola a partir da tentativa do sobrinho do governador (Michael Wilding) de ajudar a sofrida mulher a se livrar de seus tormentos do passado. O melodrama é uma escolha fora do usual para Hitch e, apesar da inserção de seus usuais elementos de suspense, as revelações que esses acarretam não deixam de atuar como um anticlímax (o mesmo pode ser dito do filme como um todo).

Sob o Signo de Capricórnio deu continuação aos experimentos com longos planos sequência iniciados com Festim Diabólico no ano anterior. Embora a fluidez com que Hitchcock mova sua câmera seja uma arte a parte (e belamente colocada em prática na cena bravura em que Bergman faz uma confissão sobre seu passado), é possível imaginar o quanto a narrativa letárgica teria se beneficiado da característica edição hitchcockiana. Em contrapartida, o diretor já mostra domínio sobre o uso da cor (este foi apenas seu segundo filme em Technicolor) para afetar emocionalmente o espectador e contribuir para a narrativa. Apesar de a produção ter sido um veículo para Ingrid Bergman, a estrela sueca é desbancada pelo desempenho restringido de Margaret Leighton como a inescrupulosa governanta Milly. Remetendo à Mrs. Danvers de Rebecca: A Mulher Inesquecível com sua paixão reprimida pelo seu mestre, a personagem pertence ao panteão dos grandes vilões de Hitchcock.
March 13, 2013
Matheus Carvalho

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Wow. Is this really Hitchcock? Yep, it is--it says directed by Alfred Hitchcock. And it's Hitchcock at his absolute worst.
June 24, 2011
spielberg00

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This is one of Hitchcock's lesser films, it's nothing like his others, and not in a good way. It's a melodrama set in the past. The only good thing I can say is that the cast is good.
October 24, 2010
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