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300 Ratings


Directed by Max Ophüls
United States, 1949
Drama, Thriller, Film noir


Leonora Eames marries Smith Ohlrig, a man worth millions. But her dream becomes a nightmare once she realizes her husband is sadistically hell-bent on keeping her prisoner. When she falls pregnant, she and one of her doctors, Larry Quinada, fall in love. What will happen to Leonora?

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Caught Directed by Max Ophüls
It’s an interesting film in many ways and in many ways a good one — the Ophuls visual style is restrained but still elegant — until its ending. The movie can be seen as Ophuls’ revenge on Howard Hughes, who had fired him from VENDETTA (as he would later fire Preston Sturges and Stuart Heisler)… All this is very dramatic and interesting and of course beautifully filmed by Ophuls.
October 25, 2017
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The movie is especially powerful because it’s such an accurate portrayal of domestic violence, the sense of entitlement that sadistic males often have in these marriages, and the push-and-pull these men engage in to confuse and psychologically dominate their victims. Although Ohlrig is not a killer, he hates women, and seeks to destroy them with his hate and control.
November 04, 2016
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That movement—that is, Leonora’s movement—is conveyed with the sort of virtuosity that made Ophüls an idol for generations of lens-geek directors… Ophüls’ directing style is closely associated with the 19th-century settings of his most well-known films; transplanted into the then-present, it seems even more radical.
July 09, 2014
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What are people saying?

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Caught

    Part of the noir kingdom, but also a vast, pulsating psychodrama, more Sirk than Chandler, where an everywoman is pushed into a position of sexuality, then, er, caught in a reality (call it mid-century America) where all she can choose is which sort of man will possess and define her. Layered, subversive, and over-the-top enough in its visual design that the melodrama feels natural. All the themes of Ophuls' career.

  • Jaspar Lamar Crabb's rating of the film Caught

    Quite possibly the strangest film to come out of Hollywood in the 1940s. It's outrageous, scary, brilliantly acted (particularly by Robert Ryan). Astounding

  • Ethan's rating of the film Caught

    This film is filled with incredible performances and Max Ophuls was one of the greatest auteurs of all time with his moving camera and long takes that feel so fluid and allow these extraordinary actors to perform, practically making the emotions jump off the screen and completely suck you into the story.

  • Caillouquiroule's rating of the film Caught

    Un excellent mélodrame porté par une héroïne très intéressante. Les ellipses aident le récit à gagner en efficacité, en cruauté aussi. Le mari est un peu caricatural (une nouvelle fois, la psychanalyse permet de construire un peu trop rapidement le personnage, sans nuances), mais la femme et son patron offrent plusieurs scènes charmantes et déchirantes. Comme toujours, la mise en scène d'Ophuls est excellente.

  • FISCHER's rating of the film Caught

    D'une constante noirceur en filigrane d'une intrigue sentimentale classique, cette œuvre américaine du fameux metteur en scène franco-allemand, longtemps inédite dans l'hexagone, mérite notre attention surtout pour l'impressionnante composition de Robert Ryan en irascible narcissique perclus de profonds troubles psychologiques et la convaincante présence de la délicate Barbara Bel Geddes...

  • Dale Wittig's rating of the film Caught

    A naive car hop and would be model marries one of the richest men in America, but soon leaves him to make it on her own as a doctor's receptionist. Shot with masterful command of light and shadow by Lee Garmes, and silken camera moves by Max Ophüls, it's boldly performed by Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Ryan and James Mason. Written by Arthur Laurents, the tycoon is Ophüls' damning first hand portrait of Howard Hughes.

  • Dam Go's rating of the film Caught

    Très bon mélodrame qui dresse le portrait juste et difficile de la condition féminine fin des années 40 aux Etats Unis. La thématique est rare après l'ère pré-code et Ophuls maitrise parfaitement son sujet. C'est fin et les acteurs sont tous magnifiques. Merci Mubi pour cette rareté!

  • suede's rating of the film Caught

    6/10. Contains the most tastelessly cheerful treatment of perinatal death you may ever witness on film. Had to rewatch the surreal ending next day to believe I saw this. There is romantic Mason's casual prognosis in the ambulance, and then there's the scene in the clinic: "Er, premature birth, baby dying." Cut. Bel Geddes... smiles. (And she never even looked pregnant.) Quite incredible. || Camerawork virtuosic.

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