Monday, March 16, 2009


From Wikipedia:

Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman), the American daughter of a convicted Nazi spy, is recruited by government agent T. R. Devlin (Cary Grant) to infiltrate a group of Germans who have relocated to Brazil after World War II.

While awaiting the details of her assignment in Rio de Janeiro, Alicia falls in love with Devlin. His feelings for her are complicated by his knowledge of her wild past. When Devlin is ordered to convince her to seduce Alex Sebastian (Claude Rains), one of her father's friends and a member of the group, Devlin tries to convince his superiors that Alicia is not fit for the job. But upon seeing Alcia again, he puts up a stoic front, prioritizing duty over love. Alicia concludes that he does not love her, and she eventually weds Alex.

More here.

So I dug up an appropriate Alfred Hitchcock trailer for yesterday's post, and while doing that I came upon one of my favorite Hitch films in full, divided into eleven parts. Notorious isn't brilliant; it's not Vertigo or Psycho or anything along those lines, but it's extraordinarily solid, and a piece of technical virtuosity, especially the interplay between quick cutting and long takes. But really, what it's about to me is the mythical South American post WWII Nazi conspiracy narrative, champagne, Carey Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains. It is almost impossible to go wrong with such a combination. In the hands of Alfred Hitchcock, it's pretty badass.

You really ought to watch this.

Here's part one:

Part two.

Part three.

Part four.

Part five.

Part six.

Part seven.

Part eight.

Part nine.

Part ten.

Part eleven.