NOTORIOUS (1946)

Dir. Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock took a lot of chances with this romantic espionage film. At the end of World War II, he presented U.S. audiences with a sympathetic Nazi in the person of Claude Rains, as an enemy agent in Brazil tricked into marrying FBI plant Ingrid Bergman. And he made the object of the FBI’s investigation uranium, the key ingredient in the atomic bomb that had recently ended the war in the Pacific. When Hitchcock and screenwriter Ben Hecht attempted to research the substance, the FBI put them under surveillance until they were sure they weren’t trying to steal government secrets. The results were spectacular at the box office. With Bergman, a party girl turned spy, torn between husband Rains and Bureau contact Cary Grant, the romantic heat burned up the screen, making her an even bigger star than before. The Bergman-Grant romance was the most passionate Hitchcock had ever put on screen, paving the way for his explorations of love and obsession in later films like To Catch a Thief (1955) and Vertigo (1958).

In attendance: Rose McGowan.

NOTORIOUS
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