Under Capricorn

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A lady (Ingrid Bergman) marries an upstart (Joseph Cotten) and turns alcoholic in 1830s Australia.

Cast & Crew

Ingrid Bergman
Lady Henrietta Flusky
Michael Wilding
Hon. Charles Adare
Cecil Parker
The Governor
Denis O'Dea
Mr. Corrigan
John Ruddock
Mr. Potter
John Colton
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Margaret Linden
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Helen Simpson
Writer (Novel)
Hume Cronyn
Writer (Adaptation)
Richard Addinsell
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Jack Cardiff
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Critic Reviews for Under Capricorn

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (6)

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

    March 3, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Under Capricorn is overlong and talky, with scant measure of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller tricks.

    July 22, 2008 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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  • A strangely unexciting but emotionally intriguing Hitchcock costume drama with echoes of Rebecca and Suspicion.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

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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 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • Hitchcock was trying something new here, a melodrama where the terror comes from within, from the rot created by burying secrets, both for Henrietta and for the nation of Australia as a whole.

    June 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Under Capricorn

  • Sep 27, 2011
    A melodrama with a few beautiful moments and interesting characters. Also, some nice long shots allow the performances to shine. It does not, however, has a clear focus and that makes it suffer a bit.
    George M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2011
    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.
    Matheus C Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2011
    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.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer

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