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Notorious (1946)

Directed by:
Alfred Hitchcock

COUNTRY
USA

Genre
Thriller/Spy

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Notorious

RUNNING TIME
101 minutes

Produced by:
Alfred Hitchcock

Screenwriter:
Ben Hecht


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
T. R. Devlin Cary Grant ½
Alicia Huberman Ingrid Bergman
Alexander Sebastian Claude Rains
Madame Anna Sebastian Leopoldine Konstantin -
Captain Paul Prescott Louis Calhern -
Dr. Anderson Reinhold Schünzel -
Walter Beardsley Moroni Olsen -
Eric Mathis Ivan Triesault -
Joseph, Sebastian's butler Alexis Minotis -

 

Review

The daughter of a convicted Nazi spy (Ingrid Bergman) is compelled by a government agent (Cary Grant) to infiltrate an organization of Nazi refugees in Brazil, where she is used as bait for Alex Sebastian (Claude Rains), an important figure in the organization. The scheme works well until Rains proposes to Bergman, which initiates a cascade of suspicion, masquerade, jealousy and repressed emotions. Hitchcock mixes sentimental romance with fairly reverberant political spy drama in the wake of WWII – a Casablanca with Hitchcock's stamp of paranoia and angst, if you like. The film's power lies in the obscure and implicit. Nobody ever says or does what they really want; they are inhibited by their own reserve and the implications of a world war. When Bergman realizes the danger she's in towards the end, Hitchcock flaunts his visual skills to tighten the grip on her and us. The film's final fifteen minutes are so tense that you may forgive whatever sullen melodrama you've been subjected to along the way. Claude Rains' Oscar nominated performance is a lot more layered than what you might think at first. Grant, on the other hand, never quite gets into his stride in a somewhat unthankful part.

Copyright © 31.10.2022 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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