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  •  A word of support for Under Capricorn. (1+ / 0-)
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    It's known as one of Hitchcock's great failures, but it is a wonderful film, with one of Ingrid Bergman's best performances.  It has the advantage of British Technicolor, which was balanced toward bright colors more than the American treatment.  And it it one of AH's interesting experiments in incorporating the moving camera long take into Hollywood-type narrative.

    If you are familiar with Hitchcock, and it you go into it aware that the plot has its creaky elements, it's impressive. (He signed off costume dramas forever after it.) And Cardiff's contribution is a large part of its success.

    By the way, some of the French critics of the Cahiers era embraced Under Capricorn as Hitchcock's best film.  I won't go that far -- I think Shadow of a Doubt, Notorious, Vertigo and Psycho are better -- but I wish more film lovers who like Hitchcock film would see it.

    A "parliament of whores" doesn't even begin to f**king cover it. -- Billmon

    by Vico on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 09:23:18 PM PDT

    •  have not seen it (1+ / 0-)
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      I used to be able to reel off the Hitchcock films that I've seen.  This definitely is not on that list.  You may have heard Joseph Cotten's nickname for it, which is borderline not-quite-for-a-family audience, perhaps :) .  But if it were to show up and I had the chance to watch it, then OK.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 09:32:46 PM PDT

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      •  AH was very unsatisfied with Cotten's work, (1+ / 0-)
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        though they were good friends and remained so.  He thought Cotten did not have enough of the "smell of the stable" about him.  He wanted Robert Newton for the part. I think Cotten is very good, but it was not a happy set for a couple of reasons. Bergman was distracted by her interest in Rossellini, and everyone was distracted by all the flyaway sets necessary for the moving camera long takes.

        A "parliament of whores" doesn't even begin to f**king cover it. -- Billmon

        by Vico on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 09:37:54 PM PDT

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        •  well, after "Shadow of a Doubt".... (0+ / 0-)

          ....Cotten would have been hard pressed to top that with Hitchcock.  The other tensions going on at the time make sense.  That sounds also like it was around the time of the 1950 Treasure Island production, so maybe Robert Newton was busy (I'm not up on my film history there, just speculating).

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Fri Jul 31, 2009 at 09:46:27 PM PDT

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