Notorious

Notorious

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Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Cast: Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains

     
 

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This pedestrian DVD release of one Hitchcock's best films contains a standard full-frame 1.33:1 transfer (as any film should if it was produced before 1955). The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions available. There are no real special features, but one could argue that having Ingrid Bergman and Cary… See more details below

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This pedestrian DVD release of one Hitchcock's best films contains a standard full-frame 1.33:1 transfer (as any film should if it was produced before 1955). The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions available. There are no real special features, but one could argue that having Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant act together in a film directed by Hitch is special enough. Fans of all three will enjoy this disc, but film historians might have wished for a little more.

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One of Alfred Hitchcock's greatest films, Notorious features the director at his devilishly elegant, self-assured best. A visual masterpiece, it plays like a seamlessly assembled jigsaw puzzle, in which each piece fits together with clean precision. The film's smooth veneer largely creates its visceral impact: lurking beneath the gloss are dealings of the most grotesque sort, their execution made all the more insidious by their sophisticated guise. Aside from containing one of Hitchcock's most famous MacGuffins, the uranium ore, Notorious boasts some of his most famous camerawork, most notably the gorgeous tracking shot during Sebastian's party that takes the viewer from the top of a staircase to Alicia's hand, clenched around the key that will lead her to the uranium ore. The camera moves with the quiet intimacy of an unobserved party guest, almost serpentine in its journey. Similarly ingenious is Hitchcock's use of point-of-view shots, particularly that of Alicia's waking up with a hangover and watching Devlin walk towards her as the camera spins 180 degrees. Seeing through Alicia's eyes, the audience sympathizes with her, making the character one of Hitchcock's most full-blooded and enduring heroines. It goes without saying that the success of Alicia's characterization is in no small part due to Ingrid Bergman's performance: tragic, lovelorn, and marked by logical cynicism, her portrayal of Alicia was one of the best of Bergman's career. She was ably supported by Cary Grant and Claude Rains, the former going against his likeable, effortlessly charismatic persona to play an initially charmless man with morals as questionable as the heroine's are supposed to be. Rains, paired with Bergman again after Casablanca, makes Sebastian into one of the film's more sympathetic characters; it is a mark of Rains' ability that when Sebastian turns to climb the stairs in the film's closing scene, we feel real terror for him. That Sebastian's fate is the result of both his own manipulations of others and his heart's manipulations of himself is at the center of the film's true MacGuffin: masquerading as a Cold War thriller, Notorious is one of the screen's classic black romances. Rebecca Flint

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/1999
UPC:
0013131081190
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Presentation:
[B&W]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Full-frame presentation

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant T.R. Devlin
Ingrid Bergman Alicia Huberman
Claude Rains Alexander Sebastian
Louis Calhern Paul Prescott
Leopoldine Konstantin Madame Sebastian
Moroni Olsen Walter Beardsley
Reinhold Schünzel Dr. Anderson
Ivan Triesault Eric Mathis
Alexis Minotis Joseph
Wally Brown Mr. Hopkins
Charles Mendl Commodore
Ricardo Costa Dr. Barbosa
Eberhard Krumschmidt Hupka
Fay Baker Ethel
Paul Bryar Actor
Alfredo De Sa Ribero
Harry Hayden Defense Counsel
Francis McDonald Man
Sandra Morgan Actor
John Vosper Actor
Frank Wilcox FBI Man
Herbert Wyndham Mr. Cook
Beulah Christian Actor
Gavin Gordon Ernest Weylin
Eddie Bruce Reporter
Richard Clark Man
Tom Coleman Court Stenographer
Lester Dorr Motorcycle Police
Ben Erway Reporter
Warren Jackson District Attorney
James Logan Reporter
Frank Marlowe Photographer
Howard Negley Photographer
Fred Nurney Huberman
Dink Trout Clerk at Court
Emmett Vogan Reporter
Alan Ward Reporter
Charles D. Brown Judge
Aileen Carlyle Woman at Party
Antonio Moreno Senor Ortiza
Bea Benaderet Clerk
Garry Owen Motorcycle Police
George Lynn Photographer
Leota Lorraine Woman
Lillian West Woman
Tina Menard Maid
Virginia Gregg Clerk
Peter Von Zerneck Rossner
Donald Kerr Reporter
Frederick Ledebur Knerr
Howard Mitchell Bailiff
Almeda Fowler Woman

Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director,Original Story,Producer
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Claude E. Carpenter Set Decoration/Design
Carroll Clark Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
William Dorfman Asst. Director
Paul Eagler Special Effects
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Terry Kellum Sound/Sound Designer
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Ted Tetzlaff Cinematographer
Gregg Toland Cinematographer
John E. Tribby Sound/Sound Designer
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Theron Warth Editor
Roy Webb Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start/Credits [1:20]
2. Guilty Verdict [1:32]
3. Mysterious Guest [4:05]
4. Drunk Driver [3:34]
5. Hangover [8:04]
6. Breaking Old Patterns [4:11]
7. Romantic Interlude [4:42]
8. Cold Dinner [7:09]
9. Smitten Anew [5:04]
10. Dinner Guest [6:26]
11. At the Races [4:30]
12. New Development [9:58]
13. Entertaining Danger [16:00]
14. A Mother's Help [5:48]
15. Under the Weather [2:30]
16. Over Coffee [6:03]
17. A Sick Call [9:56]
18. End Credits [:19]

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