An NCPA & Film Heritage Foundation Presentation
Notorious, ranked as one of Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces, is a remarkable blend of a love story embedded in an espionage thriller with an outstanding performance by Ingrid Bergman in the role of Alicia Huberman, an American of German origin whose father is convicted of being a Nazi spy. Alicia, who has a reputation of being promiscuous and a lush, is recruited by a government agent, Devlin, played by Cary Grant, to fly to Rio and infiltrate a spy ring by seducing the leader Alexander Sebastian. Alicia agrees, as she has fallen in love with Devlin, but matters are complicated as Sebastian is in love with Alicia and proposes marriage. The simmering undercurrents of personal conflict and the political machinations wreak havoc in the lives of the protagonists who have to set aside their emotions and risk their lives in the name of duty. David Krauss’s review reads, “It remains a stirring, absorbing, emotionally involving, and artistically satisfying film that hits all the right notes—a symphony of suspense, if you will, conducted with nuance and gusto by the genre’s most accomplished maestro.”
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Producer: RKO Radio Pictures
Screenplay: Ben Hecht
Cinematography: Ted Tetzlaff
Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern & Leopoldine Konstantin
Admission on a first-come-first-served basis. NCPA Members will get preferential seating till 6:20 pm.