6 comments on “Notorious

  1. I love this film! One of my favorite of Hitchcock’s. The performances are all fantastic, and I love a lot of the things Hitchcock does in it. Like that shot of Cary Grant in the doorway, and how he rotates around because Alicia has a hangover. The drink she had there really reminded me of the glowing milk in Suspicion, because it kind of looked glowing a bit as well, and both films have Cary Grant in them so… Don’t know if that was on purpose or not, but I though it was cool. Also that shot when Hitchcock takes forever to zoom in on the key in Alicia’s hand, that was awesome. And then you have the ending. They are walking down those stairs FOREVER, and then they totally leave Claude Rains there. You know what’s gonna happen, but they don’t show it. I thought the ending was pretty clever. Sorry for all that babbling, I just really love this film.

  2. Hunter just said everything I was going to say. 🙂

    Definitely in my top ten Hitchcocks, maybe edging toward the top five. One of my favorite Grant performances, and absolutely my favorite by Bergman. Hitchcock did something here with both of them that he also did (more than once) with Jimmy Stewart. He took actors who usually played heroes and had them play apparently-heroic roles, then he nudged them toward nastiness, knowing they’d bring the audience along with them. Nobody ever did this like Hitchcock.

      • Another example would be Marnie, where Sean Connery’s character rapes his wife. The first screenwriter quit (or was fired, I forget which) because he couldn’t imagine how to write that without losing tthe audience’s identification with the character. His replacement, Jay Presson Allen, said that she never worried about that, because she knew that it wasn’t going to come from the writing — it was in the star power of the actor.

  3. That is such a good call! Never really realized that before! I just watched Spellbound the other day and I realized that there was no way Gregory Peck killed that guy because, like Suspicion, they wouldn’t want such a big name actor playing a bad guy… but you’re right, Hitchcock totally got around that in his later films!
    In Notorious, they are still working against Nazis so I guess that’s how they could get away with it…

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