Combustible Celluloid
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With: Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding, Margaret Leighton, Cecil Parker, Denis O'Dea, Jack Watling, Harcourt Williams, John Ruddock, Bill Shine, Victor Lucas, Ronald Adam, Francis De Wolff, G.H. Mulcaster, Olive Sloane, Maureen Delaney, Julia Lang, Betty McDermott
Written by: Hume Cronyn, James Bridie, based on the play by John Colton, Margaret Linden and on the novel by Helen Simpson
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 117
Date: 09/08/1949

Under Capricorn (1949)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Criminal Elements

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

One of Alfred Hitchcock's few period pieces, this Technicolor costume drama has always lived among the Master's most underrated gems. Joseph Cotten plays a wealthy businessman in colonial Australia (when it was still basically a huge prison) and Ingrid Bergman plays his repressed wife. While not specifically a suspense film, Hitchcock builds tension with his sustained long takes and pays them off with a few palpable shocks toward the end.

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