One of Hitchcock’s darkest thrillers, Notorious, will be back on the big screen this summer in a dazzling new 4K restoration, starring Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant and Claude Rains.
It’s just after World War II and a number of Nazis have been tracked down to Brazil. A US spy, T. R Devlin, (Cary Grant) persuades Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman), the American daughter of a convicted Nazi criminal, to join them in infiltrating the group so that she can get close to one of the leaders, Alexander Sebastian (Claude Rains), a friend of her father’s.
The resulting romantic tangle features mesmerising chemistry between Grant and Bergman, and Hitchcock found an ingenious way of dealing with the Production Code’s ban on kisses longer than 3 seconds with a spine-tingling 2½ minute scene. With the winning combination of Grant and Bergman, in one of Hitchcock’s most thrilling and tense films, ‘Notorious’ might just be a perfect movie!
Our thanks to the BFI for this screening.