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Notorious

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Does Notorious work better for us than Spellbound did? How are Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman as a couple? And does Claude Rains convincingly play a Nazi war criminal? Tune in to this week’s show to get these answers and more!

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"I am married to an American agent."

Hitchcock loved working with Ingrid Bergman. He was a notorious director for wanting everything his own way, but when it came to Bergman, he ended up being much more collaborative. That collaboration peaked in the production of Notorious, which also had the benefit of no longer being a David O. Selznick project.

The film marked a turn for Hitchcock where he got to produce his own project and really set the foundation for what would become the classic Hitchcock mold. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Ingrid Bergman series with Hitchcock’s 1946 film Notorious.

We talk about why this film works so much better for us than Spellbound did. We look at the strength in the story paired with the performances by Bergman, Cary Grant, and Claude Rains as our leads and how they elevate the story to incredible heights. We look at the subjective camera work as well as brilliant moments of camera movement that signify big steps for Hitch and the industry. And we talk about the music and why Roy Webb’s score works so well.

It’s a glorious film full of psychological complexities that works really well, especially for a film at the time dealing with war criminals fresh on the heels of WWII. We love it and have a great conversation about it. Check it out! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins.

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