revisited this tonight after 4 years and it's even better than i remembered! it's an extraordinary women's noir that also contains a non-exploitative, poignant portrayal of holocaust survivors and their struggle. paranoia builds...and the reconciliation at the end between two women and rejection of a worthless man is so uncommon for this kind of film! perfect
A mixture of film noir and gothic atmosphere, where views of San Francisco are beautiful to look at and used well, but the tension is never fully realized. Except in the promising ending, which has gorgeous lighting and the fidgety villain's suffocating anxiety permeats the air. After the prologue the focus seems to shift awkardly into a different plot device and problem, and the two never merge into a cohesive film.
A polish woman is liberated from Belsen and fakes her identity to inherit a large fortune in the USA. But the paradise she is waiting for soon reveals itself as another nightmare and the House on Telegraph Hill a mere substitute for the concentration camp: because of her crime she must relive her sufferings until atonement is achieved through the liberation of her son from the lies and horrors that inhabit the House.