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