In 1831, Irishman Charles Adare travels to Australia to start a new life with the help of his cousin who has just been appointed governor. When he arrives he meets powerful landowner and ex-convict Sam Flusky, who wants to do a business deal with him. Whilst attending a dinner party at Flusky’s house, Charles meets Flusky’s wife Henrietta who he had known as a child back in Ireland. Henrietta is an alcoholic and seems to be on the verge of madness. —IMDb
Alfred Hitchcock has been the most well-known director to the general public since the 1940s – and he remains so in the 21st century, more than 25 years after his death. His name evokes instant expectations on the part of audiences around the world: of a memorable night of movie-watching highlighted by at least two or three great chills (and a few more good ones), some striking black comedy, and an eccentric characterization or two in virtually every one of the director’s movies across a half-century – and usually laced with a comical cameo appearance by the director himself.
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born into a devoutly Catholic family in London, and his religious upbringing – with its attendant issues of guilt – would have a powerful influence on the psychological underpinnings of his later work. He was trained at a technical school, and initially gravitated to movies through art courses and advertising. He studied the work of other filmmakers, most notably the German expressionists… read more
a lesson in narrative cinema, my dear fellows. and hitchcock does it better than no one. he's not interested in showing the film as a period piece, but rather as a convergence of its characters' emotions, step by step, scene by scene. it's a mainstream film for the time it was released, it dated quite a bit, however, it prevails some of the finest elements you can find in classical cinema. a joy to watch, sure it is.
i didn't know what to expect from this hitch film that his many detractors and some proponents. i would put myself in the former category as i just couldn't warm up to this very unhitchcock film. it did have some moments and in all honesty it wasn't terrible. some of the matte paintings of the flusky mansion were comical, some others, or were they actual set shots, were beautifully filmed by jack cardiff.
The worst Hitchcock I have ever seen. A critic was right when he said the first interesting thing happens an hour and a half into the movie.