Under Capricorn. 1949. USA. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. 116 min.
Screenplay by James Bridie, from the play by John Colton and Margaret Linden, based on the novel by Helen Simpson. With Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding, Margaret Leighton. Hitchcock returned to England to film this historical drama set in colonial Australia and photographed in Technicolor by Jack Cardiff (The Red Shoes). Though it disappointed audiences at the time of its release (largely because Hitchcock had dared to depart from the suspense genre), its audacious use of extreme long takes (à la Rope) endeared it to the emerging generation of auteurist critics. Jean-Luc Godard once claimed it Hitchcock’s best. 35mm print courtesy the ConstellationCenter Collection at the Academy Film Archive. Selected by Isabella Rossellini.