Under Capricorn

Mystery, murder and passion from the master of suspense!
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  • Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: June 19, 2018
  • Originally Released: 1949
  • Label: KL Studio Classics
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger
    • Hitchcock/Truffaut: icon interviews icon(audio)
    • Cinema of signs: Claude Chabrol on Alfred Hitchcock
    • Original theatrical trailer
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
    • Subtitles - English

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User Ratings: 2,465
Rating: C+ -- Despite star power (Ingrid Bergman), this historical drama is one of Hitchcoçk's few weaak films. Full Review
EmanuelLevy.Com
Aug 12, 2012
Rating: 2/5 -- A rare bad Hitchcock movie
Atlantic City Weekly
Jan 31, 2004
Rating: B+ -- The character-driven dark film has a poignant romanticism that is not thought of when you think of a Hitchcock film. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
May 11, 2007
Rating: 3/4 -- 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. Full Review
From the Front Row
Jun 3, 2019
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. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Jan 1, 2000
Rating: 2/4 -- Under Capricorn has long been considered one of Alfred Hitchcock's weakest features, even by Hitchcock himself. Full Review
Creative Loafing
Jun 24, 2018
Rating: 9/10 -- What it was is simply, as Truffaut stated, beautiful, and a deeply felt study of how people torture themselves and each other. Full Review
PopMatters
Jul 13, 2018

Product Description:

This historical melodrama, a true rarity for Alfred Hitchcock, was the last film produced by Hitchcock's own Transatlantic Pictures. Set in 1831 Australia, the film takes Hitchcock's enduring fascination with the underdog despised by the world and applies it to a social drama of class and wealth stretched across the British empire. In the past, Sam Flusky (Joseph Cotten) was an Irish stablehand brash enough to elope with the aristocratic daughter of the estate, Lady Henrietta (Ingrid Bergman). When her brother tried to stop them he was killed, and Sam was convicted of his murder. The film finds Sam and Henrietta resettled in Sydney. Sam has grown wealthy, and Henrietta has taken to drinking, both in a futile attempt to erase the memory and the stigma of the murder. When Henrietta's handsome distant cousin, Charles Adare (Michael Wilding), comes to visit he tries to console and revitalize her. But Adare falls in love with his cousin while a scheming Milly (Margaret Leighton, playing the family's odd, enigmatic housekeeper) sees an opportunity to claim Sam for herself. This tangle of emotions and interests hatches a murder plot and social scandal before the conflict between Sam and Adare comes to its climax, and a dark secret is revealed.

Plot Synopsis:

In this rare historical costume drama from Alfred Hitchcock, the domestic life of a 19th-century Australian couple (Joseph Cotten and Ingrid Bergman) is turned upside down when a handsome gentleman comes for a visit. But a complex web of scandal, murder, and romance is already in place when the visitor arrives. As one love triangle displaces another, social intrigue leads to the discovery of an unexpected crime.

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  • Hitchcock cameo: A rare double play. Hitchcock appears in the town square during a parade wearing a hat at the beginning of the film. Later he can be seen with two other men on the steps of the government house.
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  • UPC: 738329228699
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