December 31, 2010, - December 31, 2010,
(Alfred Hitchcock, US 1941, 99 min.)
then at 8:45 p.m. NOTORIOUS
(Alfred Hitchcock, US 1946, 101 min.)
In one of Hitchcock’s earliest American masterpieces, Joan Fontaine (in the role that won her an Oscar®) plays a rich spinster-in-the-making who’s swept off her feet by broke playboy Cary Grant. After a whirlwind courtship and marriage, Grant’s increasingly deceptive behavior leads Fontaine to begin fearing there’s a plot against her life. While rarely ranked in the same league as Notorious or North By Northwest, this enormously entertaining and suspenseful first collaboration between Hitchcock and Grant deserves a better reputation. In the great post-war spy thriller Notorious, G-man T.R. Devlin (Grant) convinces Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman) to infiltrate a group of Nazis living in South America. Devlin, despite his obvious romantic feelings for Alicia, pushes her into marriage with the group’s leader, Alex Sebastian (Claude Rains). “There is never a moment when improper behavior is actually stated or shown, but the film leaves no doubt.” (Roger Ebert). Two films for one admission price.