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Notorious on Criterion Collection DVD

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Friday the 12th of August

Hitchcock's 106th
Birthday Celebration

Waving the flag with one hand and picking pockets with the other, that's your "patriotism".
--Alicia Sebastian (Ingrid Bergman)


USA: 1946 -- Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Written by Ben Hecht
Starring Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, and Claude Rains

There's nothing like a love song to give you a good laugh.
--Ingrid Bergman as Alicia Sebastian

In Notorious, a brilliant allegeory of love and betrayal, Hitchcock fuses two of his favorite elements: suspense and romance. A beautiful woman with a tainted past (Ingrid Bergman) is enlisted by American agent Devlin (Cary Grant) to spy on a ring of Nazis in post-war Rio. Her espionage work becomes life-threatening after she marries the most debonair of the Nazi ring, Alex (Claude Rains). Only Devlin can rescue her, but to do so he must face his role in her desperate situation and acknowledge that he's loved her all along. Stunning performances, Ben Hecht's excellent script, and Hitchcock's direction at its best make Notorious a perfect film.

Hope to see you there. I'll save you an aisle seat and some uranium in a wine bottle.


Nominated for Oscars for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Claude Rains) and Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Ben Hecht)

Ranks #121 on the Internet Movie Database's Top 250 Movies

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Memorable Quotes

Madame Sebastian: You're protected by the enormity of your stupidity, for a time.

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Alfred Hitchcock claimed that the FBI had him under surveillance for three months because the film dealt with uranium.

Alfred Hitchcock and Ben Hecht consulted Nobel Prize winner Dr. Robert Millikan on how to make an atomic bomb. He refused to answer, but confirmed that the principal ingredient, uranium, could fit in a wine bottle.

The legendary on-again, off-again kiss between Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman was intended to flaunt then-current film code regulations that restricted the length of kisses to only a couple of seconds each.

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Continuity: When Alicia and Devlin are flying to South America, the movement of the clouds makes it appear that the plane is flying backwards.

Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Devlin visits Alicia sick in bed, she says, "They are poisoning me," and continues to speak, but her lips do not move.

Revealing mistakes: Alicia and Devlin's shadows can be seen "over" the background plates during the drunk driving scene and the balcony scene.

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