Film Series : Spotlight: Montgomery Clift

I Confess

1953, Alfred Hitchcock, USA, 95 min. With Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 2nd 4:00pm
  • Sun, Nov 4th 5:30pm

"Can a career with as much popular and critical theory attached to it as Alfred Hitchcock's still be said to include underrated masterpieces? Apparently so...it's important to stress that I CONFESS is as formally stuffed and playful as the best Hitchcock films, and far from the dour tragedy that could've been." - Eric Henderson, Slant

A murderer confesses to a priest (Clift), who, under the seal of the confessional, cannot reveal this information when he himself is accused of the crime. I CONFESS was a key film in the reevaluation of Hitchcock's stature that was initiated by French critics in the 1950s, and it remains one of his most fascinating and offbeat films. Hitchcock did not cotton to Clift's interiorized style of acting, but the actor still managed to deliver one of his most powerful and fascinating performances. Stunningly photographed on location, I CONFESS ranks with VERTIGO as one of Hitchcock's most fully realized cityscapes, with the imposing architecture and steep streets of Quebec City serving as an expressive stage for spiritual struggle and martyrdom. 35mm. (MR)

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