Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sight & Sound Challenge: Notorious (1946)

Film: Notorious (104/250) 
First Time/Rewatch: Rewatch

Unpopular opinion time! This isn't my favorite Hitchcock film, and I think that's mainly due to the romance between Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, neither of whom I find terribly appealing as romantic leads. Having said that, there is still plenty to admire in this film. The tension of Alicia (Bergman) trying to infiltrate an organization of Nazis by marrying one of her father's friends (Claude Rains) really hooks you in, and it's neither boring nor predictable. But that's Hitchcock for you. His masterful way of creating suspense will always add a level of interest to his films, even if I don't buy the "romance" bit of it for a second. There is also some pretty stellar camera work, including a shot that pans over a group of party-goers, and slowly zooms into Alicia's hand gripping a key. These little things heighten what could be a standard suspense film into something really artful. Hitch has five films on the list, and there's a reason for that.

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