I Confess

I Confess

1953, NR, 95 min. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Starring Montgomery Clift, Anne Baxter, Karl Malden, Brian Aherne.

REVIEWED Thu., July 15, 1999

One of Hitchcock's lesser-known works, I Confess tells the story of a priest who is accused of a murder he didn't commit but who also refuses to clear his name because the real murderer confessed to him within the sanctity of the confession booth. As the priest, Montgomery Clift wrestles with moral questions that concern not only his personal responsibilities to his vows but the Church's responsibility for allowing a murderer to walk around free. Anne Baxter plays the woman who still carries a torch for this man of the cloth, who courted her during their youth but then settled down for a life within the Church. Clift's performance is moody, the kind of slow, psychological approach rarely witnessed in Hitchcock's films. It is not one of Hitchcock's greatest films, but it sure is one of the most infrequently shown.

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