Alfred Hitchcock's Classic Thriller Notorious on the Big Screen
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The last date listed for Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious was Saturday March 4, 2006 / 8:00pm.
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The film also contains the era’s “longest screen kiss”, where Bergman and Grant kiss then talk, kiss then talk, to create a scene that is both engagingly romantic, and taunts the production code’s restrictions on screen kisses. It is still considered one of film’s greatest onscreen kisses.
Bergman: Notorious woman of affairs… Grant: Adventurous man of the world!
The Alex Film Society salutes the glamour of 1940’s Hollywood with a studio print screening of the Alfred Hitchcock suspense NOTORIOUS (RKO, 1946). Cary Grant – probably the most elegant of Hollywood’s leading men – is in peak form playing a suave American agent investigating a group of Nazis living in Brazil. Just as luminous as she was in CASABLANCA, co-star Ingrid Bergman is the loose-moraled woman who accompanies him to Rio where she is re-united with old admirer and Nazi ring member Claude Rains in an Oscar-nominated role. Rounding out the cast are Louis Calhern playing Grant’s pal and, in her only American film, Leopoldine Konstantin, one of the great actresses of pre-war Germany, in a memorable portrayal of Rains’ domineering mother.
Suspense begins when Bergman, really in love with Grant, agrees to marry Rains in order to penetrate his mysterious household. Ben Hecht’s taut Oscar-nominated screenplay contains several of Hitchcock’s most memorable moments including a lavish party at Rains’ posh Rio estate. Extra points if you spot Hitch making his customary on-screen cameo appearance at the estate gulping down bubbly as Bergman nervously looks on.
Recreating the filmgoing experience of days past, AFS will preced the feature with a classic cartoon and a short film: Sylvester and Tweety Pie’s THE LAST HUNGRY CAT (1961), a clever spoof of the Alfred Hitchcock Presents television show; and John Nesbitt’s 1947 PASSING PARADE entry, THE AMAZING MR. NORDILL featuring Leon Ames portraying the world’s greatest counterfeiter.
To keep the style of vintage glamour alive in today’s fashion world Besame Cosmetics, a Glendale based make-up boutique, will be on hand with their painstakingly replicated 1940’s cosmetic line.
Feature Notes: studio print * 101 minutes (total program 2 hours) * Black and White