Immense cruelty: the progeny of all modes of patriarchalism. Hitchcock consistently executes a commanding balance between representing the overwhelming weight of the material world & conveying an ethereal postmodern artifice. Mysterious fadeouts & Eisensteinian montage sequences make this film remarkably difficult to pin down. Hitchcock's methods of representation are beyond anything. The last minutes are unbearable.
The sign of Hitchcock's mastery in "Notorious" is his willingness to show Grant's jealousy. The most delicious scene to me is really the engineered horseback reunion of Reins and Bergman. Hitchcock chooses to linger on Devlin's face, and it becomes clear to the audience that the mysterious pasts of people is a most terrible thing; it erases the confidence of the new man on the scene, however charming and handsome.
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.
My sister's piece. An old friend of mine used to tell me that, if I only wanted it,I could find in every movie at least one minute of pure cinema that would make me bear the rest of the film. With NOTORIOUS, I got an overdose of cinema. 101 minutes of pure cinema. Masterpiece.