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Under Capricorn Alfred Hitchcock once told Peter Bogdanovich that the problem with his penal-colony melodrama was its casting. He'd wanted Burt Lancaster for the rich...Under Capricorn Alfred Hitchcock once told Peter Bogdanovich that the problem with his penal-colony melodrama was its casting. He'd wanted Burt Lancaster for the rich...2003-06-20
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Under Capricorn

Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten; Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock once told Peter Bogdanovich that the problem with his penal-colony melodrama was its casting. He’d wanted Burt Lancaster for the rich ex-con in 1830s Australia played by the more decorous Cotten: ”The character should have been a horny, manure-smelling stable hand.” Okay, but Bergman, doing her hysterical thing, is nearly self-parodic as his wife – a delicate flower wilting Down Under. Pitched somewhere between stagy gothicism and corny weepie-dom, Under Capricorn is just plain soporific. Question for film students: Why couldn’t Hitch make a decent period piece? EXTRAS None.

Originally posted June 20 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT

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