Notorious – Criterion [DVD] (1946) *RARE OOP NEW*

Notorious – Criterion [DVD] (1946) *RARE OOP NEW*

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Notorious is considered by critics and scholars to mark a watershed for Hitchcock artistically, and to represent a heightened thematic maturity. His biographer, Donald Spoto, writes that “Notorious is in fact Alfred Hitchcock’s first attempt—at the age of forty-six—to bring his talents to the creation of a serious love story, and its story of two men in love with Ingrid Bergman could only have been made at this stage of his life.” Two scenes in the film have been widely cited as among Hitchcock’s best: in one, Hitchcock starts wide and high on a second floor balcony overlooking the great hall of a grand mansion. Slowly he tracks down and in on Ingrid Bergman, finally ending with a tight close-up of a key tucked in her hand. Hitchcock also devised a scene that circumvented the Production Code’s ban on kisses longer than three seconds by having his actors disengage every three seconds, murmur and nuzzle each other, then start again. The two-and-a-half-minute kiss was described by biographer Paul Duncan as “perhaps his most intimate and erotic kiss.”

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In order to help bring Nazis to justice, U.S. government agent T.R. Devlin (Cary Grant) recruits Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman), the American daughter of a convicted German war criminal, as a spy. As they begin to fall for one another, Alicia is instructed to win the affections of Alexander Sebastian (Claude Rains), a Nazi hiding out in Brazil. When Sebastian becomes serious about his relationship with Alicia, the stakes get higher, and Devlin must watch her slip further undercover.
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Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Produced by Alfred Hitchcock
Written by Ben Hecht
Starring Cary Grant
Ingrid Bergman
Claude Rains
Louis Calhern
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography Ted Tetzlaff
Edited by Theron Warth
Production
company
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • August 15, 1946(Premiere-New York City)
  • September 6, 1946(U.S.)
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1 million
Box office $24.5 million

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Weight 0.3 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 7.3 in

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  • New digital film and sound restoration
  • Complete broadcast of the 1948 Lux Radio Theater adaptation, starring Ingrid Bergman and Joseph Cotten
  • Rare production, publicity, rear projection photos, as well as promotional posters and lobby cards
  • Production correspondence
  • Collection of trailers & teasers
  • Script excerpts of deleted scenes and alternate endings
  • Excerpts from the short story “The Song of the Dragon,” source material for Notorious
  • Rare newsreel footage of Bergman and Hitchcock
  • Liner notes by Hitchcock scholar William Rothman, author of the landmark study Hitchcock: The Murderous Gaze
  • Isolated music score and effects track