The way I see it - Just like Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" being an intended black comedy about transvestites and slasher films..... Well..... How about this?
I view "I Confess" as being a black comedy about the Catholic religion where Hitchcock wants us to laugh at how preposterous this whole business is when it comes to a priest not being allowed to break the seal of silence from a confessional (even when this concerns the matter of bringing the identity of a murderer to the attention of the law).
Anyway - Speaking about slasher films - I really think that "I Confess" needed a psycho of its own to liven things up. It really did. And, I believe that Montgomery Clift, playing a priest, would've made for an ideal psycho.
Yeah. 'Cause I think that it would've been a real surprise twist if he'd turned out to be a total transvestite under his fatherly frock. Don't you?
Somehow this one didn't pull me in at all. Didn't finish it.
A complex Hitchcock film along the same lines as "The Wrong Man." Make sure to watch the DVD extras where they talk in detail about the film. It's the most "noir" of Hitchcock's works both visually and narrative. Rich blank and white photography, shadows, menacing clouds, beautifully shot in Quebec City that is also a character in the film. Superb performances from Clift and Baxter. A must to see if you are a Hitchcock fan.
This is a 1953 drama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
The film is based on a 1902 French play by Paul Anthelme called "Nos deux consciences (Our Two Consciences)," which Hitchcock saw in the 1930s.
It seldom gets mentioned in any Hitchcock documentaries or when discussing about his movies.
It doesn't offer the usual amount of excitement or thrilling entertainment than his better known ones.
In fact, there isn't much of "real" suspense at all, but performances of Montgomery Clift and Anne Baxter are superb.
This is one of the best serious and thought-provoking films Hitchcock had ever made.
Excellent film noir - I was confused at first about the setting but Montreal was priceless. At first I thought it was Paris but then it was obvious it was Montreal, where I've never been & would like to go.
Filmed in Quebec City and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Much of the city looks the same now as it does in the movie, made in the dying days of WW2. Includes scenes shot inside the historic Chateau Frontenac, a hotel that dominates the skyline of old Quebec City. Not one of Hitchcock's best, but still interesting.
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