Under Capricorn

Under Capricorn

Director: Alfred Hitchcock Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding

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Overview

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 Flusky (Joseph Cotten). Accused of the murder of Henrietta's brother, Flusky has been transported to Australia, where he starts life anew as a prosperous businessman, even while his wife descends further and further into alcoholism and self-hatred. When her cousin Charles Adare (Michael Wilding) comes to visit, Henrietta falls in love with him; she also confides that it was she, and not Flusky, who was responsible for her brother's death. The operatic climax finds Lady Henrietta doing the "right thing" at the cost of her own happiness. At times ponderously directed, the film comes explosively to life whenever Margaret Leighton, cast as Lady Henrietta's spiteful housekeeper, dominates the scene. On a technical level, Under Capricorn is distinguished by the same "ten-minute takes" that Hitchcock had utilized in Rope; particularly effective is an uninterrupted dialogue sequence, played against the backdrop of a spectacular Technicolor sunset (courtesy cinematographer Jack Cardiff).

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/2018
UPC: 0738329228705
Original Release: 1949
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:57:00
Sales rank: 32,715

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger; Hitchcock/Truffaut: icon interviews icon (audio); Cinema of signs: Claude Chabrol on Alfred Hitchcock; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ingrid Bergman Lady Henrietta Flusky
Joseph Cotten Sam Flusky
Michael Wilding Hon. Charles Adare
Margaret Leighton Milly
Cecil Parker Sir Richard, the tutor
Denis O'Dea Corrigan, attorney-general
Jack Watling Winter, Flusky's secretary
Harcourt Williams Coachman
John Ruddock Mr. Potter
Bill Shine Mr. Banks
Victor Lucas The Reverand Smiley
Ronald Adam Mr. Riggs
Francis de Wolff Maj. Wilkins
G.H. Mulcaster Dr. McAllister
Olive Sloane Sal
Maureen Delaney Flo
Julia Lang Susan
Betty McDermott Martha
Roderick Lovell Actor
Lisa Harrow Actor

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director,Producer
Richard Addinsell Score Composer
Bert Bates Editor
A.S. Bates Editor
Paul Beeson Cinematographer
Sidney Bernstein Producer
James Bridie Screenwriter
Jack Cardiff Cinematographer
Hume Cronyn Screenwriter
Roger Furse Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Handford Sound/Sound Designer
Louis Levy Musical Direction/Supervision
Tom Morahan Art Director,Production Designer
Charles Parker Makeup
A.W. Watkins Sound/Sound Designer

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