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Classic Movies: Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious Starring Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant

Updated on October 23, 2013

I recently watched Notorious, by Alfred Hitchcock, as part of an Ingrid Bergman double feature at our house, and was again struck by both the directors story telling genius, and the sublime acting of both Bergman and her under-rated co-star, Cary Grant. Their acting style is dated by some, to be sure, but there is something about that style that always suckers me into their characters, no matter who they are portraying; good person or bad, I can't take my eyes off them.

In Notorious, Bergman is the spoiled socialite daughter of a wealthy Nazi sympathizer, who has recently been exposed, shattering her world and leaving her confused and vulnerable (no one plays this kind of woman better than Bergman). Grant, is a no nonsense government agent who comes into her life with the intent to use her as a double agent; to nab her fathers web of Nazi spies by infiltrating their nest in South America. Her tool is to be an old friend of her fathers, and spurned admirer of her past, Claude Rains.

All goes seemingly well, until Bergman realizes she is in love with Grant, but he not in love with her as she had thought. He is all business, and now she finds herself alone in a precarious, dangerous situation that she makes worse...and I won't go on to spoil the plot for you! It's a hair raising, suspenseful climax!

There are a few gems for you to watch for in this film; the appearance of Hitchcock, who always plays an extra in his films...spotting him is always a treat. The other is of course, Claude Rains. It's always hard for me to get his character from Casablanca out of my mind, but I just love his smooth, wise to the world, debonaire style. Leopoldine (Madame) Konstantine is wonderful as his obsessed and dangerous Nazi mother.

This classic film is one to add to your library and I guarantee you will love it!

Spellbound (Premiere Collection)
Spellbound (Premiere Collection)

Another Hitchcock thriller, starring Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck. This David Selznik production is interesting as it captures the time periods fascination with psychoanalysis. Salvadore Dali created the special graphics for the dream sequences in the film, a real treat. The story is about an analyst (Bergman) who falls for her patient (Peck), who may or may not be a dangerous killer. Another film to add to your Classics library.


This is the original trailer for this film, and it's priceless! Take a moment to watch this piece of history!

Ingrid Bergman 1940 Photo Courtesy Wikipedia
Ingrid Bergman 1940 Photo Courtesy Wikipedia

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    • SamuraiMarine profile image

      Samuel Wright 4 years ago from Bakersfield, Ca.

      Hitchcock is the best. Loved all his movies and it is fun to go through them again and see what you missed.

      Great Lens.

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      socialcx1 4 years ago

      Notorious is a great movie and also recommend it.