Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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I Confess (1953)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Hitchcock sets his prototypical “wrong man” plot, a contraption designed to induce panic and shame, within his childhood faith, Roman Catholicism, and laces it with the guilt of sinful thoughts. Montgomery Clift, trim-waisted in his cassock, is a priest whose penitent confesses to murder, and then himself becomes suspected of a crime he had reason to desire. Hitch frames Quebec City’s suitably medieval religious architecture with the same supplicatory low-angle shots he uses for close-ups, building an atmosphere of fear and trembling. Clift, his face haunted with shadows, is very believable as a self steeled to living with a secret. Mark Asch (Mar 5 at Film Forum, part of its The Complete Hitchcock series)

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