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Alfred Hitchcock infixed in generations of cinephiles masterful suspense with reminiscences of the crane-mounted camera swooping in the air to a close-up of a key in the hand of female protagonist, the giant coffee cup in the foreground and the MacGuffin of uranium stashed in wine bottles in this espionage romance involving an American secret service and the daughter of a Nazi spy.
Suspenseful! After the quite intriguing film Spellbound, Hitchcock follows up with a much superior film. Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman give good performances as an American agent and informer, respectively. Claude Rains gives a superb performance throughout the film which is especially exemplified by the final scene. He was deservedly nominated for an Oscar for his performance. The pacing, which is a bit slow in the beginning, picks up in the second half of the film. The script is nicely concise (also deservedly nominated for an Oscar). Overall the film is a suspenseful, unnerving and sometimes quite witty film.
Intensive,fascinating and interesting
a great classic! cary grant and Ingrid bergman at their best. the movie pulls you into every scene and at the end you feel like you are there with them, in peril and distress, a Hitchcock masterpiece surely to watched many times.
A suspenseful espionage thriller.
Notorious (1946) is Alfred Hitchcock at his slow burn paced noir style with a fascinating espionage story. The beautiful direction from Hitchcock highlights the tense moments with clever close ups on bottles of wine, room keys, and personal expressions to reveal to the audience the key figures in Notorious. Hitchcock keeps you on edge with each scene that either unveils more of the plot or dives deeper into his characters.
Ingrid Bergman is outstanding as this tragic romance figures. Her leading performance in unlike any other role of her's as she drunkenly slurs, flirts forwardly, and openly despairs her loveless life. Notorious is really a vehicle for a wonderful role from Bergman. She carries the movie and without her, Notorious would be dull. I do not think many actresses could have pulled off such a complex and nuanced character like Ingrid Bergman could.
Cary Grant is his usual charming self with a casual humor to his every word dripping with sarcasm. He is really funny and makes for a great uneasy spy himself. You feel for him, but are frustrated by his character's inability to act upon his feelings.
Notorious is slower and longer than most Hitchcock films, but it is engaging for a majority of the movie. It could have been cut down a bit for such a simple plot, but the technical mastery of Hitchcock's direction keeps you guessing.
Notorious is an upsetting espionage drama that makes you feel sick for what Bergman must go through, but the romance feels genuine. It is suspenseful to the twist filled ending.
Bergman and Grant take the material here and run with it, their chemistry is brilliant. The film itself is actually only so-so from a storyline point of view, but they lift it far above what is should be. It's not one of my favourite Hitchcock films but it is is always worth seeking out.
Notorious features an impressive cast and a solid story. The time jumps are a little disorienting, though. It makes the romance feel forced and the mission progress seem too convenient. We're not at peak Hitchcock with this movie, but we're seeing glimmers of his greatness.
It seems like there's a lot unresolved, but this is really about two lovers who decide to get themselves into a dangerous situation. After they've gone far enough, it's simply about getting out. Ben Hecht wrote a sincerely intelligent circumstance for this 'get out' scenario, pitting the protagonists and antagonist in a mutually dire situation with stakes raised on both ends.
The critical CONSENSUS summary warps it up nicely, it is worth adding how cleverly Hitchcock tells such a morally dark tale in a time of strict CENSORSHIP. Grant, Bergan and Rains are outstanding and the tension builds to a enjoyable climax.
One Hitchcock's most exquisite movie, Grant and Bergman has a tragic and abstruse chemistry between each other. It is one of Cary Grant's best performance as he remains captivating without the humour or the extreme chivalry.