Notorious…my 3rd Ingrid Bergman movie

If you thought you saw this post and then it was gone (last month)…you weren’t imagining things. I was hopelessly early…so, here it is again…this time on the right dates:capture-d_ecc81cran-2018-06-03-acc80-17-37-24I have a confession to make…gosh…how do I say this…ok, the best is to just get it out there: I’ve only seen Ingrid Bergman once before (oops, I lie…twice before)…but only ever one Alfred Hitchcock movie, sometime last year. Spellbound it was. And, wait! There’s more. Uhm, I’ve never seen a single Cary Grant movie before. You’re probably shaking your head in disgust. I’ll just put it down to too many movies, too little time. But wait! That’s all being changed as we speak…yep, I’ve just started watching my second ever Hitchcock movie that has Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant starring. Impressive, huh? So now, let me go watch…

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I’ve now added to my “Seen” list. Notorious is the latest addition. I’ve also added to a genre I’m not at all familiar with…film noir. Need to find some more of this genre. And much more Ingrid Bergman.

What more can I say other than…what a wonderful actress? Here she takes on the role of Alicia Huberman, the daughter of a Nazi spy. Deemed perfect to carry out an undercover operation within a group of Nazis, she is recruited by agent Devlin (Cary Grant) who fairly quickly falls in love with her. Part of her job is to gain the trust of Alexander Sebastian (Claude Rains) who once had a crush on her, which she tells Devlin she didn’t pursue. Would you expect anything else than a love triangle with this kind of setup? All surrounded by espionage and plots.

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Ingrid Bergman comes across so natural, so convincing. She’s absolutely perfect. I have read though that she was actually very nervous and insecure during this second time working with Hitchcock but that Cary Grant was a guidance to her, thus helping her through. This quite interesting as in the movie there is also this guiding.

I’m really enjoying Ingrid Bergman’s work…the three roles of hers I’ve seen have all been great. I’m looking forward to some more….I’m tempted to do The Bells of St. Mary’s next…purely because a while back I saw a Blogathon poster with a scene from this movie and it looked wonderful.

For more Bergman, head on over to The 4th Wonderful Ingrid Bergman Blogathon here.

 

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16 comments

    1. Oh wow…thank you. There’s always a special feeling about those “firsts” be it a particular movie (that first viewing is always so…magical…never to be repeated) or be it a couple that just have that something unique.
      Have a lovely weekend!

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  1. “She’s absolutely perfect.” Indeed!! I’m glad you are discovering her πŸ™‚ Don’t worry about having seen only 1 Cary Grant film. I took me years before seeing my first Greta Garbo film (the other Swedish Goddess). But make sure to watch more! πŸ˜‰ Thanks a lot for this great article and for your participation to the blogathon!

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  2. I love the film noir genre, and Notorious is one of those films that I instinctively think of when the genre is mentioned. Bergman and Grant make a great combination – need to watch it again methinks!

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  3. Glad you enjoyed it, Cat. It’s one of the best Hitchcock films. I think Ingrid and Cary deliver two of their very best performances. It was a change of role for both of them having them play tougher and more cynical characters.

    Here are some more film recommendations for Ingrid and Cary if you want to see more of their work.

    Ingrid: The Bells Of St.Mary’s, Anastasia, Stromboli, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Journey To Italy, A Woman Called Golda, Indiscreet.

    Cary: Only Angels Have Wings, The Bishop’s Wife, North By Northwest, Suspicion, Indiscreet, The Awful Truth, Charade, Bringing Up Baby, Penny Serenade, Holiday, An Affair To Remember.

    Enjoy! πŸ™‚

    Hope all is good with you.

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    1. Ah, thanks for your wonderful comment Maddy. Appreciate your time.
      The Bells of St Mary’s keeps coming up so I won’t put it off much longer. Ooh, they are both in Indiscreet I see – might give that a go too to see more of the pair. Thanks for all your recommendations.
      All is good here – just busy, busy. And it has been so hot so been out and about. Haven’t really gotten around to movies.
      Hope all is good your side too.

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