Notorious (1946)

1h 42m / Not Rated / Film Noir

Set in the aftermath of World War II, Notorious follows Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman), the daughter of a convicted German spy, as she is recruited by American intelligence agent Devlin (Cary Grant) to infiltrate a group of Nazis in Brazil. As Alicia becomes entangled in a dangerous game of espionage, she finds herself torn between loyalty to her country and her growing feelings for Devlin.

Falling midway through Alfred Hitchcock’s storied career – but about a decade before many of his well-known thrillers – Notorious stands out for its intricate plot, sophisticated suspense, and complex characters. It showcases Hitchcock’s mastery of suspenseful storytelling and his ability to create tension through both psychological drama and cinematic technique. Its exploration of themes such as love, betrayal, and sacrifice, all set against the backdrop of post-war intrigue and political espionage, drew standout performances from Bergman and Grant and earned Notorious an Oscar nomination for Original Screenplay.

Guests are invited to stick around after the screening for a post-show Film Talk and audience Q&A with Ryan Terry, a Film Studies & Screenwriting lecturer at the University of Tampa and horror/suspense cinema scholar. 

The Summer Classics Movie Series has been presented by Bank of America since 2015. Promotional support for the series is provided by WEDU PBS.