In Notorious, a brilliant allegory of love and betrayal, Hitchcock fuses two of his favorite elements: suspense and romance. A beautiful woman with a tainted past (Ingrid Bergman) is enlisted by American agent Devlin (Cary Grant) to spy on a ring of Nazis in post-war Rio. Her espionage work becomes life-threatening after she marries the most debonair of the Nazi ring, Alex (Claude Rains). Only Devlin can rescue her, but to do so he must face his role in her desperate situation and acknowledge that he’s loved her all along. Stunning performances, Ben Hecht’s excellent script, and Hitchcock’s direction at its best make Notorious a perfect film. —The Criterion Collection
Alfred Hitchcock has been the most well-known director to the general public since the 1940s – and he remains so in the 21st century, more than 25 years after his death. His name evokes instant expectations on the part of audiences around the world: of a memorable night of movie-watching highlighted by at least two or three great chills (and a few more good ones), some striking black comedy, and an eccentric characterization or two in virtually every one of the director’s movies across a half-century – and usually laced with a comical cameo appearance by the director himself.
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born into a devoutly Catholic family in London, and his religious upbringing – with its attendant issues of guilt – would have a powerful influence on the psychological underpinnings of his later work. He was trained at a technical school, and initially gravitated to movies through art courses and advertising. He studied the work of other filmmakers, most notably the German expressionists… read more
I love how Hitchcock manages to make his audience feel like they're in deep shit with Notorious. Extra points are scored when he manages to make Grant and Bergman almost as unlikable as the Nazis they're trying to stop. Not quite in my Top 5 of Hitchcock's work but is seriously making me think twice about it.
Also: Hoberman on It’s Halftime in America and the prospects for “an Obama-inflected Hollywood cinema.”
A superbly scripted and daring politcal thriller, elevated by the fluidity of Hitchcock’s direction and his demonstrative devices of suspense. His famous ticking clock, for example, has been widdled… read review
Notorious é um filme nada infame de Hitchcock. É verdade que não é tão célebre como outras obras do mestre, mas é um dos seus melhores filmes. Para começar, conta com duas das maiores estrelas de sempre… read review
Hitchcock must have loved making Notorious. He managed to slip a fairly scandalous, for the time, scenario past the censors of the Breen office under the guise of a propaganda film encouraging patriotism… read review