Friday, August 6, 2010
One of my favorite films and another winner from ace director Alfred Hitchcock. Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman) is the daughter of a German spy who just recently committed suicide while serving his prison sentence. Alicia takes to drinking and men before she is approached by government agent T.R. Devlin (a smooth Cary Grant) to take on a job. The task is for Alicia to spy on her father's Nazi friends, who are operating out of Rio de Janiero. Of course along the way Alicia and Devlin become attracted to each other. Notorious is a solid romantic thriller with both Grant and Bergman giving top notch performances. Also good is Claude Rains as wealthy German businessman Alexander Sebastian, who Alicia ends up romancing and even marrying to get as close as possible to him and all his secrets. A very well made film, which is no surprise since it's done by the master of suspense, Hitchcock. A good film to watch in honor of Ingrid's day on TCM.