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Its ultimate Director film, actors had to go wherever camera wentProblem: you could only load 10 mins of film at a timeHitch had to figure ways to hide loading of new filmOne-take idea has been done many times Hitch was only one done with actual filmHirst film Hitchcock producedFirst time working with both Jimmy Stewart and Farley GrangerRope was first Hitch movie shot in color°°Under Capricorn 1949Hitch returned to London to filmProducing and directing nowNo more Selznick contractCharles Adare (Michael Wilding) arrives in AustraliaHis cousin Henrietta (Bergman)She is married to convicted criminal
Sam Flusky (Joseph Cotton)Things are mess:Henrietta is alcoholicHousekeeper is in love with FluskyCharles falls in love with his own cousinTurns out Flusky took fall for wife’s crimeHousekeeper is poisoning HenriettaEntertainment disaster hat bombed at box officeOnly did film because Bergman asked him to doHe was pretty much in love with herLater interview, Hitch said he was stupid and juvenile at that timeHe lost $2 million of own money on filmUsed lots of long takesCritics found scenes lagging boringRelation with Bergman was strainedMassive script problemsMore time on visuals, not charactersLast period pieceDuring filming, Bergman met future husband, Roberto RosselliniHuge scandal when both left for spousesShe left him for another directorBergman is mother of model actress Isabella RosselliniAgent, Lew Wasserman, stood by himTook care of Hitch’s financial affairs from then on
Hitch would never put his own money in a film againWasserman got Hitch deal with Warner Brothers°°Stage Fright 1950Acress (Jane Wyman) tried to prove boyfriend innocent of murderSuspects real killer might be another actress (Marlene Deitrich)Goes undercover as maid to spy on other actressHelp from police, she discovers boyfriend really did do itA comedy thrillerHitch’s last, but it wasn’tCriticized for complex plotAudiences were upset by fake flashback at beginning of filmFlashback is a lie being told by killer, you don’t know thatIssues with Jane WymanDidn’t like being unattractive as maidFilm was box office bombCritics have since revisited Stage Fright and pronounced great pieceofworkWyman was first wife of President Ronald ReaganLacked great villain“More successful villain, more successful picture”Hitch has great villain in next film, Strangers on Train°°Strangers on a Train 1951Needed a hit, selected this by Patricia Highsmith
Famous detective novelist Raymond Chandler wrote draft of screenplayAbandoned for one by Ben Hecht, Czenzi Ormonde, Hitch and Alma2 Men, Guy and Bruno, meet on trainBoth had someone in lives they would like to kill

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