Kick-Back Friday: #77
A new (re)release on DVD: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Paradine Case (1947).
A happily married and notable defense attorney (Gregory Peck) becomes infatuated with his client (the enigmatic Valli from The Third Man), who is accused of murdering her blind husband. At trial, the case balances on the moral fiber of the accused and her ambiguous relationship with her husband’s valet (Louis Jourdan).
Not one of Hitchcock’s best but still a Hitchcock joint, with the expected hallmarks—including brief visual nods to carnal appetites; the sharp, supportive single gal; and the director’s fleeting cameo. Perhaps most notable is the moving shot of the valet’s entry into the courtroom to testify, contrasted with the filming of his exit.