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Notorious (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on November 2, 2008

Although Hitchcock was known as the “master of suspense” (which he was), some of his best films didn’t really have a lot of suspense in them.  Including Notorious, one of my favorites.  There are some suspenseful moments… the wine cellar scene still manages to fill me with dread every single time.  But the real tension here is the magnificent sexual and romantic tension in the love triangle of Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains.  It’s quite a while before the espionage elements come into the story, but one doesn’t mind at all because the interplay between the characters is so fascinating and masterfully executed.  Although I think Drew Casper’s commentary track is gushing to the point of embarrassment, I agree that this film is a masterpiece, one worth returning to over and over again.  Rating: 9


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