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Notorious (1946)

US 101m, B&W
Director: Alfred Hitchcock: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Leopoldine Konstantin

NotoriousOne of Hitchcock’s finest films, Notorious is a romantic thriller about a woman who is coerced into spying on a Brazilian Neo-Nazi group after her father committed suicide when it was discovered, that he was himself a Nazi spy. To fully infiltrate the Brazilians, she agrees to marry the head of the group, despite having developed feelings for her American boss.  As much a love story, as a story of espionage, Notorious is remembered for a two and a half-minute kissing scene which employed dialogue that interrupted Grant and Bergman’s kisses every three seconds or so, cleverly sidestepping strict production codes that dictated the length a kiss could be maintained (Klaus Ming January 2014).

6 comments on “Notorious (1946)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins

    I mostly remember the long shot that ends up with the key in her hand, but really I remember how good all three leads were. So much is conveyed without ever being said,

    • Klaus

      The key sequence is pretty nifty, and is one of the kinds of shots that Hitchcock was good at. I think that the kissing scene was so much more, in that it not only foiled production code, but it was a really effective sequence. Kisses in mainstream movies during the 40s were pretty lackluster. This one was an exception.

  2. Chris, a librarian

    Great final shot. Is there anything more sinister than a bunch of Nazis in tuxedos?

  3. Hitchcockmaster

    “Notorious” is one of my top 5 favorite Hitchcock films. Great post!

    • Klaus

      One of my favourites as well.

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