Notorious (1946)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBBB.  USA, 1946.  Screenplay by , based on the story The Song Of The Dragon by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Ingrid Bergman plays the daughter of a man indicted for treason who is roped into a spy job when her father’s crime is dangled in her face by a shady operative (Cary Grant).  Her assignment is to infiltrate the home of one of her father’s old pals (Claude Rains) and find out what his plans are for the crime web he seems to have control of.  As usual, master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock has strong camerawork with which to tell the story, plus he gives this excellent adventure a very sexy atmosphere: taking place in Rio de Janeiro, the film is almost dirty in its use of double entendres and steamy locales.  Grant has never been more seductive (or creepy), and Bergman never more dangerous; you can see Hitchcock get a thrill out of turning America’s pure movie stars into horny devils, and the two stars have loads of fun playing it. Brilliant film noir and Rains’ best supporting role ever (yes, even counting Casablanca).

The Criterion Collection:  #137

Academy Award Nominations:  Best Supporting Actor (Claude Rains); Best Original Screenplay

Cannes Film Festival:  In Competition

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