Notorious (1946)

I’ve come to realize my favorite thing about Hitchcock movies. The cinematography. Of course the stories, the characters, the music, and the glamour are all very innovative, but there’s something about how the movies are filmed that are so classic to Hitchcock specifically. My film class watched the famous scene in Rope that was one of the longest cuts to date when the film was released. Above everything else, its really just interesting to watch, as if the camera is another member of the room, whose eyes follow and catch the clues of a mystery unfolding.

And shooot, Ingrid Bergman. How do you manage to have both the best hero and the worst villain of the film fall in love with you at the same time? You’d think they’d have different types. I guess I never really think about the absolute absurdities of some of these plot lines. But let’s be real. I can’t get enough of them.

I guess this describes the film best: Devlin is a bundle of conflict: he sets up his new love as sexual bait, then feels devastated when she does such a good job. Notorious is all about trust and underestimating the power of love.

Also, of all the classic’s couples, Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman have surprising amounts of chemistry, almost as much as him and Hepburn, but that’s an unbeatable relationship. In short, Notorious was really interesting and I definitely suggest it for your next Hitchcock fest.

Notorious (1946)


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