1953. USA. Alfred Hitchcock. 95 min.
Friday, May 3, 2013, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1953. USA. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. With Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden, Brian Aherne, O. E. Hasse, Dolly Haas. Hitchcock, who had apprenticed in Berlin in the early 1920s—he was there when F. W. Murnau made his magnificent The Last Laugh—brought several Expressionist techniques back to Britain and, eventually, America. In this film, about a priest’s dilemma regarding the sanctity of the confessional, Hitchcock explores his own Catholicism. He also gives prominent roles to two Weimar survivors: Hasse’s career went as far back as a bit part in The Last Laugh, and Haas had been a leading lady in the closing years of Weimar. Although she continued to act in Britain and America, Haas never regained the prominence she had enjoyed in Germany. 95 min.