Notorious

Notorious

DVD - 2019
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"With this twisted love story, Alfred Hitchcock summoned darker shades of suspense and passion by casting two of Hollywood's most beloved stars starkly against type. Ingrid Bergman plays Alicia, an alluring woman with a checkered past recruited by Devlin (Cary Grant), a suave, mysterious intelligence agent, to spy for the U.S. Only after she has fallen for Devlin does she learn that her mission is to seduce a Nazi industrialist (Claude Rains) hiding out in South America. Coupling inventive cinematography with brilliantly subtle turns from his mesmerizing leads, Hitchcock orchestrates an anguished romance shot through with deception and moral ambiguity. A thriller of rare perfection, Notorious represents a pinnacle of both its director's legendary career and classic Hollywood cinema"--Container.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Criterion Collection,, [2019]
Edition: Two-DVD special edition
Copyright Date: ©1946
ISBN: 9781681435343
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC NOT
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (101 minutes) :,sound, black and white ;,4 3/4 inches.
digital, optical, surround, Dolby Digital mono, rda
video file, DVD video, region 1, rda

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andreaanielski
Jun 10, 2019

Beautifully shot film - I echo many comments already made. I watched every single bit of this Criterion Collection 2 DVD set. Probably my fave Hitchcock film. Enjoy!!

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iloveseaotters
May 26, 2019

The reason I gave this three stars is because the chemistry between Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman (who is so beautiful in this film!) is amazing! Great film and one I would like to see again and again.

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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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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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