#227: Notorious (1946)

When and how did I watch this?

September 20th and 21st, 2015, on YouTube.  This is the first film I couldn’t find on any sort of movie streaming service.

Had I seen this film already?


What did I know about the movie before watching it?

It’s a Hitchcock film.  I expected a lot.

What do I know about it now?

The first hour or so is very disappointing.  It takes quite a while for everything to develop, and I was having difficulty keeping my eyes open last night to finish it, which explains the two days for this relatively brief one.  We discovered it is Hitchcock’s attempt at a romance, but he couldn’t help but put a moment of great suspense at the end, which proved effective and memorable for me. The cinematography is everything you’d expect.

What are some themes in the film?

Trust, espionage, love

Did this affect me personally?


Why is this ranked #227?

It seems this is a gimmie Hitchcock entry.  Cary Grant is okay, but the characters are poorly developed. It’s possible this has some cool shots which some viewers might find fascinating.  The movie as a whole, however, feels slow and kind of clunky. The film references Nazi Germany only a year after World War II, which some might find controversial and interesting.

Did my wife watch/like it?

By the end, she did. She loves Cary Grant, so there’s that.

Would I watch it again?

Maybe to get a better grip on it, but generally it seems to be too uninteresting for a second viewing.

Would I recommend it to a friend?

Probably not.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Almost anything Hitchcock made seems worthy to be on a GOAT list, but to me, this could have been far better, and I would guess something else could have taken this one’s place.

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