I CONFESS
1953, Warner Bros., 95 min, USA, Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

Montgomery Clift plays a priest who undergoes a crisis of faith when he hears a murderer's confession; as the film progresses, he takes on the man's guilt as his own, both literally (as police wrongly suspect him of the murder) and psychologically. The French critics of the 1950s considered this to be one of Hitchcock's major works, and it remains among his most underrated masterpieces.


GUILTY BYSTANDER
1950, BFI, 91 min, USA, Dir: Joseph Lerner

Alcoholic ex-cop Max Thursday (Zachary Scott) lives a dingy existence as house detective for a run-down hotel. When his ex-wife shows up and tells him that his son has been kidnapped, it’s just what Thursday needs to spring into action and reclaim his old enthusiasm.


LOST HORIZON
1937, Sony Repertory, 132 min, USA, Dir: Frank Capra

Ronald Colman finds long-sought-for harmony – and love – in the Himalayan mountains. Director Frank Capra’s adaptation of James Hilton’s novel combines edge-of-your-seat adventure with an exploration of what it means to be at peace with oneself. Brilliantly mounted on all levels, from the supporting cast including Jane Wyatt and Sam Jaffe to the Shangri-La set


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