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Paul Jensen

NOTORIOUS (1947) 5 stars

Quintessential Hitchock. The story is so perfectly layered and Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman are heartbreaking to watch. Next to Vertigo, this might be his masterpiece. He makes it all seem so effortless and easy. All the characters are so nasty to one another! Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman are truly lovely to watch - the epitome of classic movie stars at their peak. The story is suspenseful, sinister and sophisticated. And it was made in the 40's! There's much to learn from its script, imagery and acting. It's a masterwork deserving of its golden stature. (Robert Towne openly and blatantly ripped off its premise for a portion of MI2 & Roger Ebert considers it one of his top ten movies of all time.)

 

Genre: Drama
Director: Alfred Hitchcock