I Confess

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One of Hitchcock's most overtly 'serious' and portentous murder plots, about a Catholic priest who faces the death penalty because of his refusal to break the secrecy of the confessional. Its theological theme and exploration of personal guilt once made it a cardinal point in the pro-Hitchcock arguments of the French critics, notably Chabrol and Rohmer. But now that most critics accept Hitchcock as more than just entertainment, the more strained and serious movies look a lot less formidable than the so-called roller-coaster rides like Psycho. Clift (as the priest) and Malden (as the cop) make this worth watching, but it's heavy going at times and the more literary aspects of the script, adapted from Paul Anthelme's play (written in 1902), are uncinematic to say the least.

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Duration: 95 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Screenwriter: George Tabori, William Archibald
Cast: OE Hasse
Roger Dann
Karl Malden
Dolly Haas
Brian Aherne
Anne Baxter
Montgomery Clift

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ghidera

Completely disagree with this reviewer's comments. For me this is one of Hitchcock's under-sung works, primarily because of its subject matter. Yes it takes on a serious subject but it also relates to the films that flank it: Strangers On A Train, in which the protagonists plan is to lull an unhappy husband into murdering his wife. I Confess where a priest refuses to reveal the identity of the murderer and Dial M For Murder in which the murderer frames his innocent wife for a murder he commited. The problem with I Confess is that it is Hitch being deadly serious and some critics cannot take that.

ghidera

Completely disagree with this reviewer's comments. For me this is one of Hitchcock's under-sung works, primarily because of its subject matter. Yes it takes on a serious subject but it also relates to the films that flank it: Strangers On A Train, in which the protagonists plan is to lull an unhappy husband into murdering his wife. I Confess where a priest refuses to reveal the identity of the murderer and Dial M For Murder in which the murderer frames his innocent wife for a murder he commited. The problem with I Confess is that it is Hitch being deadly serious and some critics cannot take that.