Vintage Photos of Ingrid Bergman in Hitchcock´s Under Capricorn (1949)

Under Capricorn is, a 1949 British historical thriller directed by Alfred Hitchcock, about a man who is in love with a woman who turns out to be an alcoholic. Hitchcock considered it to be one of his worst films. It was based on the novel Under Capricorn (1937) by Australian novelist and politician Helen Simpson.

The film is a mystery involving a love triangle, set in colonial Sydney, New South Wales, Australia during the 1830s. The new Governor, Sir Richard (Cecil Parker), arrives with his cheery but indolent nephew, the Honorable Charles Adare (Michael Wilding), who is invited to dinner by a local business man (Joseph Cotten) and discovers that he already knows his wife, Lady Henrietta (Ingrid Bergman). She is now a hopeless alcoholic who is socially shunned, but she used to be a good friend of Charles’ sister when they were children in Ireland.

The title “Under Capricorn” references the Tropic of Capricorn, which bisects Australia. Capricornus is a constellation; Capricorn is an astrological sign dominated by the goat, which is a symbol of sexual desire.

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Publicity shot of Ingrid Bergman and Michael Wilding in “Under Capricorn” (1949)

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Publicity shot of Ingrid Bergman and Michael Wilding in “Under Capricorn” (1949)

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Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding in “Under Capricorn” (1949)

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Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding in “Under Capricorn” (1949)

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Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, Michael Wilding in “Under Capricorn” (1949)

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Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock on the set of The Birds (1963)

1963 horror thriller “The Birds” features the screen debut of Tippi Hedren. Hitchcock told a reporter, after a few weeks of filming, that she was remarkable, and said:

“She’s already reaching the lows and highs of terror”.

The film is loosely based on the 1952 story by Daphne du Maurier. It is set primarily in Bodega Bay, California which is, suddenly and for unexplained reasons, the subject of a series of widespread and violent bird attacks over the course of a few days.

The film was written by author and screenwriter Evan Hunter. Hitchcock told him to develop new characters and a more elaborate plot, keeping du Maurier’s title and concept of unexplained bird attacks.

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Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren filming The Birds. Photograph: Ronald Grant Archive.

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Tippi Hedren with Hitchcock filming The Birds.

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Tippi Hedren talks to director Alfred Hitchcock while sitting on his chair on the set of The Birds.

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