Upping this to five stars because the film has stuck with me for the past three months.
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.
The scene when Sebastian's mom lights her cigarette upon finding out Alicia's a spy: PURE CINEMATIC GOLD.
My rate: 85% - Notorious isn't flashy but it is a remarkable blend of love story and espionage thriller with emotional appeal. Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman as the two leads were perfectly cast. Their character's continuous frustrated romance ups the story and create the emotional drama of the film. And how I love the kisses scenes! Hitchcock delivered a fantastic camera work, Bergman and Grant were photographed beautifully and the ending pay off too.
this is what i'm talking about, excellent underrated hitchcock. part spy thriller/part romance between Grant & Bergman. This is easily one of Hitchcocks best.
In terms of narrative and style, this is one of the best films ever directed. Period.
The daughter of a Nazi sympathizer is recruited to help catch a German operative in South America in this sizzling thriller by Alfred Hitchcock. One of Hitchcock's leanest and most nail biting works, NOTORIOUS is a veritable textbook in suspense, with Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant making fantastic leads.
Pure Hitchcock! This film represents better than any other his style and all his tricks and concerns. You have what probably is the best example of McGuffin, unconventional shots (like the hangover waking up scene), incredible blocking, the framing in the scenes with the tea cup been bigger than any character, and then the unresolved ending is like hearing him telling us: "It really doesn't matter" Just brilliant!
I think the ending is a bit anti-climatic and is probably the reason why a lot of people wouldn't put it in their top five list but in a way, I kind of like the quietness of it and that it's implied instead of being explicitly shown. It got a little lackluster closer to the end but Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, and Claude Rains really spark in this film. Great script too.