Notorious

Notorious

DVD - 2001
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A beautiful woman with a tainted past is enlisted by American agent Devlin 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. 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.
Publisher: [Chicago, Ill.] : Criterion Collection, [2001]
ISBN: 9781559409254
1559409258
Branch Call Number: MOVIE NOTORIOUS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious

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fvandergucht
Apr 08, 2021

One of my favourite movies. So stylish, romantic, and well-acted. The perfect -- slightly twisted -- romance.

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N13m4nd
Mar 26, 2021

It’s just after World War 2 in South America and spies and escaped Nazis are everywhere! American agent Devlin (Cary Grant) needs someone who can infiltrate the suspected Nazis and uncover their evil scheme, and who better than Alicia (Ingrid Bergman), the heavy-drinking and (tastefully implied) slutty daughter of a disgraced Nazi? She woos the suave head of the conspiracy (Claude Rains). But is Devlin really as hard-hearted and amoral as he seems? Is Alicia really trampy and drunken? Are they doing the things they do for patriotism and justice, or because of their feelings for each other? If that spectacular cast isn’t enough to convince you this splendid film deserves a chance, there’s the fact that Hitchcock directed Notorious and knew how to make a movie feel sexy without including any sex scenes and frightening despite not showing a single act of violence. For 102 minutes you'll be biting your nails over the location of a key, a close-up shot of a tea cup, and how fast someone walks down a staircase.

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BBRUTTIG
Feb 25, 2021

Pretty good B&W 1946 mystery thriller.

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richmole
Feb 23, 2021

The audience for whom "Notorious" was made is almost gone, now, in 2021, when I watched this movie for the first time. They lined up outside theatres to made Hitchcock's espionage/romance one of the biggest box-office smashes of the late 1940s. Did they "appreciate" it as film critics, biographers and other directors have done since its first release in 1946? Don't know. I know, 74 years later, I didn't.

However, I do now. I watched the excellent hour-long 2009 documentary "Once Upon A Time, Notorious", which is included in the 2nd disc of the Criterion 2-disc release of the movie. For me, it was essential viewing, because after 40 minutes into the vintage movie itself, I gave it up as "boring" and "mannered." But I knew there had to be more than I was getting. And there is. Much more.

But those original audiences didn't have the documentary to guide them. They were likely satisfied to see big stars (Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains) and a "spy love-story." But today, that's not enough for 21st century audiences, certainly not when there was obvious no location shooting--and no colour.

So, if you're thinking of watching...watch that documentary, too. There's much more to the movie than....the movie itself.

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bdehler
Aug 12, 2020

Cary Grant not convincing that he loves anyone, but good plot

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Courier2003
Jul 26, 2020

Certainly not a Hitchcock thriller. Big let down!

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lavasushi
Jun 25, 2020

I had never seen this before.
It seemed like a forced romance from nowhere. There were several stills that didn’t make sense. I’m not sure Hitchcock holds the allure after time goes by.

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JackieDaytona
May 06, 2020

Probably Hitchcock's best film, though not as flashy as those that usually make the best-of lists. Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains have never been better. It's a study in tension and character motivation that any storyteller could learn from.

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voisjoe1_0
Apr 20, 2020

It has been quite a while since I first saw this film which is one of Hitchcock's best films. This criterion collection 2 disc set is excellent with 2 separate commentary tracks and over 2 hours of expert discussion of Hitchcock's methods.

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GroundSuppression
Oct 14, 2019

In the first minutes the hero ppunches and knocks out the beautiful woman because like all children she must be disciplined. This makes her madly attracted to him. Not only will girls be beaten by the dashing hero, they will like it. This was and is the success ful defense of sexual assault. It's been this way for a long time. And still when girls say they were assaulted, they are assumed to be lying. The advantage of patriarchy is men get to have it both ways ,-- beat up and get the girl

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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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