#33 I Confess


Montgomery Clift stars as a priest who has been framed for murder. If that’s not enough of a dilemma the perpetrator who set him up has confessed to him, all the while knowing a priest can never undermine the sanctity of a confession, even if it’s to save himself. Hitchcock knew that to the non-religious the premise of this film would be ridiculous, all the same to most who either understood it or could suspend belief the film is effective in illustrating that obvious conundrum. The script is respectable and a flashback sequence offers the most entertaining part of the film, in which the priest as a young man shares a romance with our leading lady, ultimately leading to more blackmail and was provocative enough to even have the film banned in the Irish Republic. A decent film but by Hitchcock standards it is less than stellar.

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