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 via

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Publicity shot of Ingrid Bergman and Michael Wilding in “Under Capricorn”, 1949 via

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

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

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

Theda Bara in Romeo & Juliet (1916)

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Portrait of Theda Bara in Romeo & Juliet directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1916 via

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Theda Bara in Romeo & Juliet directed by J.Gordon Edwards, 1916 via

 

Norma Talmadge in Silent Drama “The Lady” (1925)

The Lady is a 1925 American silent drama film starring Norma Talmadge and directed by Frank Borzage. A young woman, Polly Pearl, marries the wastrel son of a British aristocrat. Her husband, who has been disinherited by his father, loses what little money he has left gambling in casinos and then dies, leaving her penniless and with an infant son. When her former father-in-law tries to get custody of the child, she leaves him with a couple she trusts, but when she later goes to reclaim her son, she can’t find the people she left him with.

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Norma Talmadge in The Lady directed by Frank Borzage, 1925 via

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Norma Talmadge in The Lady directed by Frank Borzage, 1925 via

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Norma Talmadge in The Lady directed by Frank Borzage, 1925 via

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Norma Talmadge in The Lady directed by Frank Borzage, 1925 via