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Montgomery Clift stars in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller about a priest ontrial for murder ... whose only defense would violate the sanctity ofthe real killer's confession.In the confessional of a small Quebec parish, Father Michael Logan(Clift) hears the church sexton whisper: "I killed a man." FatherLogan's vows prevent him from breaking the sanctity of theconfessional--and allow the killer to go free. But as the policeinvestigate the murder, all the evidence points to Father Logan. Now, toremain true to his vows, Father Logan will be forever discredited--andpossibly convicted for murder.]]>
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One of Hitch's most stylish and the most noir looking thriller of his career, "I Confess" is one of Hitch's few films to be shot on location in the latter part of his career. Shot in beautiful Quebec, there's a distinct European flavor to the film due to the city's distinct architecture and cobblestone streets. Clift gives a soulful performance despite the fact that he and Hitch clashed on the set and having a script compromised by Breen's editing of the script for offensive material.
Although the film doesn't quite live up to the standards of "Strangers on a Train" (the film that preceded it) or "Rear Window" (the film after it), it's a very good minor classic in Hitchcock's body of work. The transfer looks unusually sharp for the most part and although there is noticeable grain issues here, it's to be expected given the black and white photography, age of the film and type of film stock used to shoot the film. Wonderful cinematography from Hitchcock's reliable Robert Burks.
The special features include a short documentary (about 20 minutes) on the making of the film featuring Peter Bogdanovich, Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell and Jack Larson (Jimmy Olsen to those who grew up on "Superman" on TV).Read more ›
Thus the suspense here results from the crisis of conscience Logan is put through, and few celluloid heroes have been put through the wringer the way Montgomery Clift's has been. His is a crucial moral dilemma: Divulge Keller's confession and get himself off the hook, or stay silent and perhaps be hanged.
Though Hitchcock held Stanislavsky "method" actors in disdain (Clift made shooting difficult, constantly defering to his acting coach on the set), he clearly could spot a great actor when he saw one. Montgomery Clift's portrayal of Logan complex and heartfelt. He invests his character with thoroughly believable intellect and emotion, and gives one of the greatest performances of a man of integrity the screen has ever seen. The viewer can easily empathize with him and the incredible pressure he must be under. Yet, the message is clear: Father Logan is a man of the true faith -- for by keeping true to the sacrament of confession, he keeps his soul intact and demonstrates his unyielding belief in the salvation of even the most tainted of souls, Keller's.
The tension is even further racheted up a notch, because as Keller fears the police closing in, he badgers and taunts Logan, accusing him of cowardice, suspecting him of breaking.Read more ›
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One of the best Hitchcock movies ever. ~ and with a great cast.
I have seen it many times.
Another perfect Warner Archive Blu-ray release of a classic and sadly underrated Hitchcock thriller. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nick Zegarac
More of a conscience tale than a suspense narrative from Hitchcock; I still enjoyed it, with all it's religious visuals. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lawrence Nepodahl
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