Notorious

Notorious

DVD - 2001
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The innocent daughter of a Nazi cooperates with American agents by using her father's reputation as cover for infiltrating a Nazi organization operating in Brazil. Her dangerous role is complicated by her love for the agent with whom she is working.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2001
ISBN: 9781559409254
1559409258
Branch Call Number: DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 multifold sheet

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SusyHendrix
Feb 06, 2019

Wonderful thriller! I prefer Hitchcock's 1950s films on the whole, but this is a sparkling, tense little movie with great performances. The chemistry between Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant is insane. And you gotta love Claude Rains as the villain!

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empbee
Aug 27, 2018

A classic. I enjoyed watching it again after many years. The shots are great, the acting superb.

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Janice21383
Aug 05, 2017

Grant, Rains and Bergman sometimes worked with mediocre directors, and Hitchcock with mediocre actors -- intentionally or not on the latter's part is hard to say. He sometimes favoured casting for type rather than ability. But in Notorious, all the pieces an audience could possibly want fall into place; skilled actors at the height of their appeal, a cracking, up-to-the-minute script by Hitchcock and Ben Hecht, and direction that I can only describe as passionate. Something about this story of a lost woman, her ugly, betrayed husband, and her betraying, tortured lover touched Hitchcock deeply.

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evro66
Sep 05, 2016

Ok, wonderful big names are involved in making this movie. But let me spoil it for you a little bit.:) Did any of you big fans of this movie noticed that there are no locals ( Brazilians) involved in the movie, it looks like only Americans live in Rio? And if Hitchcock wanted his heroine to flaunt furs, and people bundle in warm coats, why on earth he didn't move the action somewhere to southern Argentina instead. The average coldest temperature even in the middle of winter in Rio de Janeiro is no more than +21C - I checked. Such kind of omissions make movies ridiculous, whoever made them.
I'm OK with the irresponsible treatment of radioactive material - in those times people were really unaware how harmful it could be.

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Nursebob
Dec 05, 2014

Certainly full of menace and brooding camerawork, and the the sheer star power of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman lights up the screen, but their romance is forced (as in instantaneous) and the plot sheer hyperbole even for Hitchcock. Of course whenever slimy skulking Nazis go up against apple pie fortitude the ending is already a foregone conclusion....it's the story that matters and in this case it proves a bit hard to swallow. Claude Rains does a believable turn as the insanely jealous Sebastian however while "Madame Konstantin" in the role of his evil mother comes to resemble Goebbels in a skirt. Nice green screen views of Rio too.

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keithbrewer
Nov 19, 2014

One of Hitshcock's best. Full of romantic tension and espionage suspense. Brilliantly done.

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tenet
Aug 07, 2014

Rated 5/10.

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garycornell
Jul 08, 2014

I will use this space to say that some reviews give the plot of a movie away. If they don't give the entire plot, is may be enough to make the movie seem boring. I try to say whether I liked or disliked a movie and why. We are not asked to explain the movie or to give key details out. Let's make seeing a DVD a fresh experience. I loved Notorious. Thought Ingrid Bergman was great as an heiress and Cary Grant as an American agent. It is one of Hitchcock's better films. I give it Five Stars and hope in the future reviews will stick to just an "UP" or "Down" method of reviewing movies.

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forever_ice17
Dec 03, 2013

This is my sixth or seventh viewing and I still can't get over the mastery Hitchcock put into ths film. He had the perfect production team and cast. I can't imagine anyone else in any of these roles. For me, this is Ingrid Bergman's best performance and one of the greatest female performances of a Hitchcock film. Cary Grant goes against type and is gorgeous. He shows that he can not be the smooth gentleman. I just love this movie. It is my favourite Hictchcock film and his masterpiece of his 40s era.

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forever_ice17
Aug 21, 2013

In most Hitchcock films, the star of the film is Hitchcok. Not in Notorious. This is Ingrid Bergman's film. No matter what the billing might suggest, this is a story revolving around Alicia, and Ingrid gives the performance of the decade in her role as Alicia. There is no one in the history if the Oscars that was so horrendously robbed as Bergman was for this role. This is her greatest performance and the best of any actress in any Hitchcock film (or any film ever). She is breathtaking. Ingrid uses her greatest asset--that amazing face--to convey so much with just a lift of a brow or harding of the jaw. In this role she has to act a character who is aputting on a performance herself in the movie. The way we can still see the "real" Alicia is the genius of Ingrid's portrayal. The next star of this film is the script. The sparring between Alicia and Devlin (Cary Grant) is brutal, passionate and raw. Ben Hecht is a genius for creating such a gem. Hitchcock--as in all of his films-- has stamped himself in every shot of this movie. His genius in his composition and camera movement is incredible. He seems really restrained in this film conpared to his later works, but the subtlety adds to the beauty of the film. The rest of cast was superb in their roles. Cary Grant is playing against type and Claude Rains brings to life on of the most sympathetic villians in film's history. Another thing about this movie that stands out is the romance. In no other movie has Hitch shown his romantic side more effectively. The scenes between Bergman and Grant are as steamy and sexy as they they come. Never to be achieve again within a Hitchcock film. This is a Hitchcock masterpiece, and for me it is his greatest film. Watch it.

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Monolith
Mar 07, 2013

Alicia: "Dev, is that you? I'm glad you're late. This chicken took longer than I expected. I hope it isn't done too much. It caught fire once..."

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Monolith
Mar 07, 2013

Alicia: "Say it again, it keeps me awake." Devlin: "...I love you."

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