Under Capricorn
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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… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Giddily atypical in its style even as it explores lurid new byways of Hitchcock's familiar obsessions."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"It seems that neither Miss Bergman nor Mr. Hitchcock has tangled here with stuff of any better than penny-dreadful substance and superfical demands."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Despite star power (Ingrid Bergman), this historical drama is one of Hitchcoçk's few weaak films."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Despite the odd experimentally distended take, Hitch seems as glum and dissatisfied with the material as his cast."
‑ , Film4
"Under Capricorn is overlong and talky, with scant measure of the Alfred Hitchcock thriller tricks."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The character-driven dark film has a poignant romanticism that is not thought of when you think of a Hitchcock film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A strangely unexciting but emotionally intriguing Hitchcock costume drama with echoes of Rebecca and Suspicion."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Talky and static, with little of Hitchcock's trademark suspense. The costume drama was not his metier, and he wisely decided to stay out of the genre after this."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A rare bad Hitchcock movie"
‑ Lori Hoffman, Atlantic City Weekly
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