Friday 6 September 2019

Bergman & Hitchcock - 25-27 October - A three film retrospective presented by the Canberra International Film Festival - Canberra

Andrew Pike, Director of the Canberra International Film Festival draws attention to the event being presented by CIFF in October, a screening of three films  made together by star Ingrid Bergman and director Alfred Hitchcock. Click on the link to go to the CIFF website for more information, bookings etc. 

Andrew writes:

Hitchcock gained notoriety for mistreating his actresses, but with Ingrid Bergman, he seems to have met his match:  she was committed to her career and her craft, and wanted to be challenged creatively by working with the great directors of the time.

Under Capricorn
Both Bergman and Hitchcock did some of their best work in a succession of films of enduring fascination. It seems to have been a collaboration from which both gained a great deal:  Bergman was stretched creatively in three films of great emotional intensity, and Hitchcock was driven to express some of his own personal anguish for the first time in his work.

The trio of films is an odd one:  SPELLBOUND and NOTORIOUS were major box-office successes, nominated for many Oscars and still applauded by critics today. 

In counterpoint, UNDER CAPRICORN, was an expensive Technicolor production which failed commercially and virtually disappeared from view for many decades;  initially poorly reviewed, it is now increasingly finding avid supporters and is ripe for re-appraisal. The selection of stills below are taken from UNDER CAPRICORN.


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