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Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman. The American daughter of a convicted Nazi spy is recruited by a government agent to infiltrate a group of Germans living in Brazil after the war...but he doesn't count on their lives becoming so intimately entangled. 1946/b&w/102 min/NR/fullscreen.
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The quality is an improvement over the DVD, but I am disappointed that it does not have a menu. The film plays automatically and settings and features are accessed as the movie plays. My player plays several of the special features shrunken at the upper left hand corner of the television set. I feel that this is the player's glitch (even though other Blu-rays do not seem to have this same issue). I give the film five stars and the Blu-Ray only three.
All this in one of the most elegant films ever made-- and with one of the finest screenplays ever written.
Perhaps this gloss was necessary to lure the viewer into such a dark tale-- and to accept Devlin (Cary Grant) as a lead with whom we can identify. (Well, he's harmless compared to Norman Bates).
But then again, is Devlin really the lead? Or is it Alyssa (Ingrid Bergman), the masochistic romantic who dooms herself twice over for love.
The only character in the whole piece who seems right in the head is the character played by Claude Rains, and he has the little blemish of being a Nazi.
All in all, as suggested above, one of the most perversely brilliant and glittering films ever to come out of Hollywood.
In terms of star chemistry, this is up there with Casablanca, Gone with the Wind, and The Adventures of Robin Hood. And of this list, only this film was directed (superbly) by Alfred Hitchcock.
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It doesn't fit into any of the 'spy-film' or 'romance' cliches: it's utterly fresh and original. The script is very tight, the two strands - McGuffin and romance - coming together in the form of a scintillating love triangle, a series of agonising misunderstandings and an ending that is simultaneously so surprising and so _right_ that it will take your breath away.
Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant do wonderful work bringing the leads to life - she damaged, vulnerable and exposed, becomming more forlorn and isolated as the plot develops, he slightly morally ambiguous and painfully self-controlled. Watch them in the scene where Alicia takes Dev for a drive: magic! Claude Rains and Madame Konstantin as Alex and his mother lend stellar support, he the villain you pity more than hate and she a cold and jealous manipulator. The downward pan on Alex as he makes his confession to his mother tells you all you need to know, which brings us neatly onto the direction.
What with it being a Hitchcock film and all you expect it to be good, but this is brilliant. Neat little tricks like having Alicia stepping from the shadow into the light as Dev exposes her patriotism and keeping Dev's back to a room so that when he breaks into the conversation his distress is palpable couple with major motifs that occur in later films: the coffee-cup view of Alicia echoed in 'Spellbound' and the pan from the top of the staircase to Alicia's hand also seen in 'Marnie'. Numerous pieces of symbolism - the lost bottle of champagne, Dev lending Alicia his scarf and she returning it when she has finally lost hope - add richness to the texture of the film and ensure that alhtough the editing is beautifully economic the film is never spare in sentiment or meaning. The longest screen kiss in history, although ridiculously chaste by modern standards, in nonetheless the most tender and erotic romance scene I've ever seen on film. And of course it is an incredibly suspenseful film, from Alicia's first, ill-fated party right down to the abrupt ending.
'Notorious' is the first truly great film that Hitchcock made, indeed one of his best three in my opinion. Watch it if you like the stars, watch it if you like Hitchcock, watch it if you like tight scripting, watch it if you like well developed characters, watch it if you don't like to be patronised by a film. Just watch it!
5 stars as a romance, 4 stars as an espionage suspense thriller.
With Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant, supported by Claude Rains, this movie is considered to be Hitchcock's most romantic movie, very erotic for its day.
Complex characters, each containing both admirable and detestable characteristics, great acting, lots of suspense.
This is a movie most women will really really love, while still being very entertaining for men.
This version has a good restoration of the B&W film and has plenty of extras.
On TV and even in theatres, films are generally shortened to allow more showings and more profits. Also on standard definition TV the quality is never as high. Good reasons for buying a DVD or blu-ray.
For me the extras (supplements) are the main reason to purchase a DVD or blu-ray rather than watching on TV. Typically I don't go through all the supplements right away, I work through them over a few weeks.
In this case the supplements are a "film study course in a box" just like one usually gets with the Criterion Collection blu-rays (maybe even better), but at a lower cost.
- Commentary by film professors Rick Jewel.
- Commentary by film professor Drew Casper (who holds the Alma and Alfred Hitchock chair of film studies at UCLA).
- The Ultimate Romance: The Making of Notorious [definitely watch this].
- Alfred Hitchcock: The Ultimate Spymaster.
- The American Film Institute Award: The Key to Hitchock
- 1948 radio play starring Joeseph Cotton and Ingrid Bergman
- Hitchcock audio interviews
- Restoration comparison
- Original theatrical trailer
Two commentaries by film professors, plus two specials, one on the movie one on Hitchcock. You can't beat that at any price. Lots of stuff to increase your future enjoyment of films, and you will be able to re-watch the film again several times of the coming years discovering aspects each time.
I highly recommend this version of this film to women, to teenage girls, and also to my fellow men.
E se poi ci mettiamo anche la regia di un mago come Hitchcock, abbiamo un prodotto praticamente perfetto.
Bellissima edizione in BD della 4K studio, con un'immagine in bianco e nero molto nitida e pulita.
Per gli estimatori di Hitchcock senz'altro un must have. Consigliatissimo.
Qui siamo a metà strada e, più che di crimine, parliamo di mistero e spionaggio.
Tutto funziona a dovere, e il mix di dramma sentimentale e intrigo (uno dei generi quasi inventati da Hitch) funziona a dovere.
Però il film è diventato famoso e resta bello più per le due star principali (che però, così, mettono un po' in ombra la regia di Hitch) che per il film in sé.
Buono il transfer in HD
This movie has it all, suspense, intrigue, romance, great settings, beautiful costumes...I was sorry to see it end but I DID like the ending. It kept the viewer guessing almost right to the end, what would eventually happen.
I know this will be a movie I'll be watching again. This is a golden age film classic you won't want to miss! They don't make them like that anymore, what a shame!!!
i due interpreti se lo scambiano nella parte iniziale del film e,per l'epoca,era piuttosto osè...
( cliccate sulla foto )
come tutte le pellicole del maestro è assolutamente da avere !
peraltro questa versione restaurata consente di apprezzare maggiormente lo splendido doppiaggio originario ; il bianco e nero è nitido,la cover incantevole.
i sottotitoli sono in italiano.