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Alfred Hitchcock United States, 1946

Warren Spratley's rating of the film Notorious

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.