oseph Cotten and Ingrid Bergman - two names that make me interested in watching any movie and when it is a period piece by Hitchcock even more so. It starts as a romance but the romance ends up with secrets and a disturbing twist that makes up for the fact that the film is overlong and slow. A problem one would think that perfectionist Alfred Hitchcock would have taken care of. Gorgeous costumes and photography help.
Ce film fut un incroyable échec commercial à sa sortie aux States. Il reste pourtant un parfait petit chef-d'oeuvre dans la thématique hitchcockienne et dans la subtilité "tendue" du scénario. Une réalisation méconnue, mal-aimée, qui mérite enfin une rapide et totale réhabilitation. Il est à noter que l'insuccès fut tel qu'il mit fin à la compagnie indépendante que le metteur en scène avait créée. www.cinefiches.com
Given its status as a flop and an oddity, ignored by the public and semi-disowned by its creator, this aberration is one of cinema's quintessential rediscoveries—and actually one of Hitch's better films. The long takes are stunning and more meaningful than in Rope, creating atmosphere that makes preposterous melodrama feel like a rich, poetic allegory on exile, self-loathing, & the difference between crime and sin.
Pellicola sicuramente originale di Hitchcock che però è riuscita ad affascinarmi molto.La messa in scena è davvero d'altri tempi,l'uso del piano è molto frequente ed elaborato,la fotografia è accesissima,i personaggi sono ambigui e profondi(Milly è meravigliosa).Tutto il film sembra attraversato da una vena poetica che sublima il tutto e le scelte sceniche,anche se semplici,sono sempre supportate da una mano unica.4*
The first Hitchcock film that I can remember watching (CBS 1968,) it contains Joseph Cotten's heartfelt performance as an one time stable hand who took the blame for his wealthy wife's crime and was sentenced to transportation. Ingrid Bergman again shows her devotion to Hitch by performing her role as the alcoholic wife with fragility and surprising strength in a New South Wales recreated on a British sound stage.
Again print beats DVD. Discovered oh so many new details after having watched this on 35 mm print. Loved the camera movements, the sound. And seeing Ingrid on a big screen is still a revelation. And Cotten's "I don't say things for fun" is quite the line. Masterpiece.