Conclusion: 'Notorious' ranks as one of Alfred Hitchcock's finest films, a meticulously constructed and brilliantly directed espionage romance, featuring a suspenseful, substantive plot, excellent performances, and plenty of dazzling cinematic style. Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman make an incendiary team, and Hitchcock brings out the best in both actors.
Excerpt: Directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1946, Notorious follows the exploits of a beautiful young woman named Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman) whose German father has just been arrested on American soil for high treason. Understandably upset about this turn of events, she hits the bottle and tries to find comfort in the arms of a man and soon enough makes the acquaintance of a government agent named Devlin (Cary Grant).
Excerpt: The Movie Her family disgraced, her father imprisoned for his anti-American activities following World War II, the Notorious Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman) agrees to help the U.S. government on a secret mission to Rio de Janeiro. She is recruited and mentored by dashing federal agent Devlin (Cary Grant), but when he falls in love with her, and she with him, her assignment becomes extremely complicated.
Excerpt: Our reviews of Notorious (1946) (published March 10th, 2000), Notorious (1946) Criterion Collection (published February 17th, 2004), Notorious (2009) (published April 21st, 2009), and Notorious (2009) (Blu-ray) (published May 4th, 2009) are also available. Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca ) is going through a rather difficult period in her life.
Conclusion: This is a very mature film that is still surprising to audiences today with its unusual storyline that was really ahead of it’s time. The cast is wonderful in this and Hitchcock’s many touches including that incredible shot with the key, keep audiences and film students happy. This Blu-ray looks great and sounds pretty good but combined with a bunch of fantastic extras, makes this one easy to recommend as a blind buy purchase.
Excerpt: Chronicling the extraordinary life of Christopher "The Notorious B.I.G." Wallace, "Notorious" follows the young rapper from the tough streets of Brooklyn to the heights of superstardom as he juggles the increasing demands of fatherhood, marriage and a music career. Amid chaos and controversy, Biggie's remarkable talent and fierce determination help to solidify his legacy as one of hip-hop's greatest MCs.
Conclusion: If nothing else, Notorious is likely to leave filmgoers with a desire to learn more about its title character, though the film also manages to use Biggie's life as a theme on the importance of understanding and working through differences, living one's dreams, and the frailty of human life. The film is played out with plenty of explicit language and adult situations, and is definitely for mature audiences only.
Excerpt: Our reviews of Notorious (1946) (published March 10th, 2000), Notorious (1946) Criterion Collection (published February 17th, 2004), Notorious (2009) (published April 21st, 2009), and Notorious (1946) (Blu-ray) (published February 6th, 2012) are also available. To be honest, I'm not really a fan of the Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Big Poppa, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, etc).
Excerpt: It's difficult to make a biopic about a person who hasn't been dead very long, whose influence is still felt in the culture and whose very powerful friends remain very powerful. And it's even harder to do it when those friends and relatives are involved in the making, providing both accurate details about the person's life and, no doubt, some suggestions about how to make themselves look a bit better.