Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious

DVD - 2008
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious
When troubled beauty Alicia Huberman is recruited by American agent T.R. Devlin to infiltrate a German spy ring in postwar Rio, she accepts. When she receives orders to seduce a Nazi kingpin, Alicia must sacrifice the only happiness she's ever known for a perilous mission that could ultimately cost her and Devlin their lives.


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List - Film Noir 101 by: nypl_mid_manhattan Aug 18, 2012

Notorious (1946, 101 min) is directed by Alfred Hitchcock and stars Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. Originally released by RKO Radio Pictures on September 6, 1946.

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Dec 05, 2014
  • Nursebob rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

When Alicia Huberman, the disgraced American daughter of a convicted nazi operative, is approached by the State Department she reluctantly agrees to infiltrate a cadre of wealthy, and very ruthless, German spies hiding out in Brazil. Headed by Alexander Sebastian, a friend of Alicia's father's who always carried a torch for her, the secret cabal is working on a most nefarious plan to even the score with America. But despite her worldly experiences (she's not a virgin...gasp!) Alicia finds her patriotism put to the test when Sebastian proposes to her; a move that ultimately places her in grave danger. And to make matters worse, she's also fallen in love with the government agent assigned to follow her. Certainly full of menace and brooding camerawork, and the the sheer star power of Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman lights up the screen, but their romance is forced (as in instantaneous) and the plot sheer hyperbole even for Hitchcock. Of course whenever slimy skulking Nazis go up against apple pie fortitude the ending is already a foregone's the story that matters and in this case it proves a bit hard to swallow. Claude Rains does a believable turn as the insanely jealous Sebastian however while "Madame Konstantin" in the role of his evil mother comes to resemble Goebbels in a skirt. Nice green screen views of Rio too.

Nov 19, 2014

One of Hitshcock's best. Full of romantic tension and espionage suspense. Brilliantly done.

Aug 07, 2014
  • Reynold_Nugter rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was a little disappointed with this Hitchcock movie. For my taste, there was far too much dialogue, and not enough action. Also, I found it to be rather predictable. I feel he made so many better ones, like Rear Window, North By Northwest, Psycho, etc. It was okay, but not great.

Jul 08, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I will use this space to say that some reviews give the plot of a movie away. If they don't give the entire plot, is may be enough to make the movie seem boring. I try to say whether I liked or disliked a movie and why. We are not asked to explain the movie or to give key details out. Let's make seeing a DVD a fresh experience. I loved Notorious. Thought Ingrid Bergman was great as an heiress and Cary Grant as an American agent. It is one of Hitchcock's better films. I give it Five Stars and hope in the future reviews will stick to just an "UP" or "Down" method of reviewing movies.

Mar 19, 2014
  • forever_ice17 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

In most Hitchcock films, the star of the film is Hitchcok. Not in Notorious. This is Ingrid Bergman's film. No matter what the billing might suggest, this is a story revolving around Alicia, and Ingrid gives the performance of the decade in her role as Alicia. There is no one in the history if the Oscars that was so horrendously robbed as Bergman was for this role. This is her greatest performance and the best of any actress in any Hitchcock film (or any film ever). She is breathtaking. Ingrid uses her greatest asset--that amazing face--to convey so much with just a lift of a brow or harding of the jaw. In this role she has to act a character who is aputting on a performance herself in the movie. The way we can still see the "real" Alicia is the genius of Ingrid's portrayal. The next star of this film is the script. The sparring between Alicia and Devlin (Cary Grant) is brutal, passionate and raw. Ben Hecht is a genius for creating such a gem. Hitchcock--as in all of his films-- has stamped himself in every shot of this movie. His genius in his composition and camera movement is incredible. He seems really restrained in this film conpared to his later works, but the subtlety adds to the beauty of the film. The rest of cast was superb in their roles. Cary Grant is playing against type and Claude Rains brings to life on of the most sympathetic villians in film's history. Another thing about this movie that stands out is the romance. In no other movie has Hitch shown his romantic side more effectively. The scenes between Bergman and Grant are as steamy and sexy as they they come. Never to be achieve again within a Hitchcock film. This is a Hitchcock masterpiece, and for me it is his greatest film. Watch it.

Jun 24, 2013
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a 1946 American thriller directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock.
Ingrid Bergman plays Alicia Huberman, a daughter of a convicted Nazi spy.
Cary Grant plays an American agent T.R. Devlin who infiltrates an organization of Nazi based in Brazil after World War II.
Alicia is now enlisted by Devlin to spy on the Nazi secret ring.
While awaiting the details of her assignment in Rio de Janeiro, Alicia and Devlin fall in love, though his feelings are complicated by his knowledge of her wild past.
When Devlin gets instructions to persuade her to seduce Alex Sebastian (Claude Rains), Devlin tries to convince his superiors that Alicia is not fit for the job.
He puts up a stoic front when he informs Alicia about the mission, choosing duty over love.
Alicia concludes that he was merely pretending to love her as part of his job.
Her espionage work becomes life-threatening after she marries Alex---the most debonair of the Nazi ring.
Thrill, suspense and love---but not sex---certainly make you exciting and trembling.
This is one of the best entertaining flicks.

Jun 14, 2013
  • d2013 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Although a repeat performance for me this is still excellent. Love Cary Grant and have seen many of his movies. He is just great and to be paired with Bergman wellll!

Mar 08, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Right up there on Hitchcock's "A" list with the biggies, (Vertigo, N. by N.W., etc.), yet somehow not as widely talked about as it deserves. Intense suspense from the master of it, with a romantic pairing of two icons who could carry a Hefty bag and make it smell like roses. Ingrid really shines here (Cary was great, too). And Claude Rains' mother was scarier than the Gestapo. FIVE STARS.

Dec 17, 2012

dvd is unplayable.

Oct 24, 2012
  • harrietz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A perfect movie! The romance between Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, without bedroom scenes and nudity, is one of the most sensual in movie history.

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Mar 08, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Alicia: "Dev, is that you? I'm glad you're late. This chicken took longer than I expected. I hope it isn't done too much. It caught fire once..."

Mar 08, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Alicia: "Say it again, it keeps me awake." Devlin: "...I love you."


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