Attempted murder -- Drama, Espionage -- Drama, Fathers and daughters -- Drama, Treason -- Drama


(Notorious), (Berüchtigt), (Weißes gift), (Les enchaînés), (Notorious-l'amante perduta)

  • Introduction

    Senior lecturer emerita in the Department of Film and Media at UC Berkeley and author of Closely Watched Films: An Introduction to the Art of Narrative Film Technique

In my opinion Notorious is the very quintessence of Hitchcock. 

François Truffaut

Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern,

As Hitchcock told François Truffaut, Notorious involves “the old conflict between love and duty.” Cary Grant is in love with Ingrid Bergman, but his job as an intelligence agent demands that he let her marry another man. Bergman, who undertakes the expiation of her guilt for her Nazi father’s treason, suffers a similar conflict. In this film Hitchcock hit his stride, using camera movements and editing to direct not his actors but his audience, and tapping into cinema’s full expressiveness. Yet for all its aesthetic mastery and grace of execution, Notorious is Hitchcock’s strangely disconcerting meditation on the sadomasochistic undercurrents that lurk beneath the surface of what we call romantic love.

Marilyn Fabe
  • Ben Hecht
Based On
  • A theme by Hitchcock

  • Ted Tetzlaff
  • English
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 101 mins
  • Swank Motion Pictures

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Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (bibliography), Gursimran Sandhu, 2005

Alfred Hitchcock (program), New School for Social Research (New York, N.Y.), 1977

Alfred Hitchcock: part two American years 1940-1951 (program), Dartmouth Film Society, 1966

Notorious (review), Variety, Roy Chartier

A fine romance (program note), Wadsworth Atheneum, Jeffrey Lane

Notorious: Film study extract (article), Macmillan Films, Marilyn Fabe

Hitchcock (distributor materials), Kino International Corporation

Alfred Hitchcock (distributor materials), Ivy Film/16

Hitchcock and Shakespeare (article), The Threepenny Review, Wendy Lesser

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