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All Movie GuideOne 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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Cast & Crew
|Alfred Hitchcock||Director,Original Story,Producer|
|Constantin Bakaleinikoff||Musical Direction/Supervision|
|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|
|John E. Tribby||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Vernon Walker||Special Effects|
|Roy Webb||Score Composer|
1. Main Titles [1:21]
2. A Marked Woman [3:19]
3. Going for a Ride [6:01]
4. Leave Me Alone [5:46]
5. Rio [5:14]
6. The Perfect Type [1:21]
7. Important Work to Do [4:44]
8. Mata Hari [5:26]
9. An Old Friend [5:33]
10. Guest of Honor [4:27]
11. Dinner Is Served [3:12]
12. New Playmate [4:31]
13. A Very Romantic Fellow [4:12]
14. Opening Doors [5:52]
15. Watched Like a Hawk [6:25]
16. Running Out of Champagne [3:07]
17. Like an Idiot [3:30]
18. On a Leash [5:52]
19. Back to the Bottle [2:48]
20. A Cup of Coffee [2:24]
21. Just a Social Call [4:46]
22. You Love Me [3:11]
23. The Chance to Die [4:34]
24. End Titles [3:27]
Commentary With Film Professor Rick Jewell: On/Off
Commentary With Film Professor Drew Casper: On/Off
Isolated Music and Effects Track: On/Off
The Ultimate Romance: The Making of Notorious
Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Spymaster
The American Film Institute Award: The Key to Hitchcock
1948 Radio Play Starring Joseph Cotten and Ingrid Bergman
Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
François Truffaut Interviews Hitchcock
Behind the Scenes
Commentary With Film Professor Rick Jewell
Commentary With Film Professor Drew Casper
Isolated Music and Effects Track
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Notorious based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Unlike one reviewer, this isn't meant to be scary like Psycho but to be suspenseful like say North by Northwest. It is so good and given the circumstances plausible. It is also very romantic unlike alot of movies today that equate romance with nude scenes that often come across as sterile not romantic or sensual this does it with the clothes on ! One of the best scenes is Carey Grant carrying Ingrid Bergman down the stairs at the end , so don't miss it !!!
Hitchcock did it again with this one! It is very suspenseful, keeps you on the edge of your seat. It has great romance in it also. The chemistry between Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman is wonderful. They have a great love/hate relationship in this movie, yet you can tell that the characters truly love each other. I recommend this movie to anyone who loves a good exciting suspense movie with a great love story mixed in.
This fantastic Hitchcock film stars Ingrid Bergman as a spy who has to infiltrate an enemy spy ring and expose them. Cary Grant plays the U.S. agent assigned to watch over her. This is a great film with excellent performances from its lead actors. It also features some very suspenseful scenes and a few memorable romantic scenes between Grant and Bergman. Also stars Claude Rains and Madame Konstantin.
Drama, suspense and the twist in the tale from the master.
A suspense Thriller set during WW II. Ingrid Bergman plays the daughter of a convicted Nazi sympathizer who has more love for her country (USA) than for her father. Cary Grant plays the government agent who recruits a reluctant Ingrid to spy on suspected Nazi spy, Claude Rains. The two main charachters are falling in love (Ingrid & Cary) but Cary's job come first so he must hide his emotions. The movie is a classic Hitchcock movie you cannot help but feel the emotions of the players on the screen. Claude rains does such a good job as the evil spy. The ending will have you on the edge of your seat.
I could watch it over and over (and I have!). This movie is visually captivating. The eye Hitchcock had for shooting a scene brings to life the old adage, "A picture is worth a thousand words". The camera brings to us either something it wants us to notice, or watching the actors convey feelings and emotions without saying a word. Bergman and Grant have a smoldering passion on the verge of igniting. Grant is an agent trying to recruit Bergman, whose father was just convicted of being a double-agent, to work on a case in Brazil to infiltrate a ring of German spies led by a man who she has a past with. This movie really keeps the tension going right up to the climactic end.
Notorious is a dry movie. This does not mean it is not a good movie. Hitchcock usually uses the wrong man theory in his films, but in this one, there is an enemy. We know who is bad, but he leaves us in suspense in how the bad guy will get caught. He also leaves chance of how the good guys will not succeed. With Hitchcock, you never know what will happen. There is much drama, or as Hitchcock would call it, melodrama, in this film. This is a story that could have been true, but the the realism is extended. The facts get made extreme. The melodrama allows us to still be able to relate to the film. This is a good film that one should not miss, but again, it is not his best.
This is not one of the best movies that Alfred Hitchcock did .And it did not have any horror stuff in it.