Ingrid and Cary learn to avoid coffee in... Notorious (1946)
Virginie over at The Wonderful World of Cinema is hosting a great blogathon devoted to screen goddess, Ingrid Bergman, and naturally I had to be a part of it. Ms. Bergman's 100th birthday is today, and what better way to honor her? Check out the other fantastic contributions here!
"You're sore because you've fallen for a little drunk you tamed in Miami and you don't like it. It makes you sick all over, doesn't it? People will laugh at you, the invincible Devlin, in love with someone who isn't worth even wasting the words on. It must be awful, I'm sorry."
During this, you can see Devlin
While screenwriter Ben Hecht wrote an exquisite script, Notorious depends on its three main actors, and they deliver in spades. Grant and Bergman are stunning together, not just because they're two of the most gorgeous specimens ever created -- their acting has never been better than it is here, both separately and together. First of all, let's talk about that kissing scene. I think we all know the story there: the Production Code dictated that kisses could only be three seconds long, but Hitchcock ingeniously worked his way around it by having his stars canoodle as they share many quick kisses, never breaking their embrace even though they move from the hotel balcony to the telephone and then to the front door. It's rightfully claimed as one of Hitchcock's sexiest scenes, one that you have to see in order to really appreciate. This sequence is also the height of Alicia and Devlin's affair; this is them at their happiest, right before they realize that Alicia has to throw herself at another man for Uncle Sam. It also sets up the dynamic that will continue until the film's end. Alicia is vocal in her feelings, whereas Dev is definitely not:A: "This is a very strange love affair."
A: "Maybe it's the fact that you don't love me."
D: "When I don't love you, I'll let you know."
A: "You haven't said anything."
D: "Actions speak louder than words."
A: "You never believed in me anyway, so what's the difference?"
D: "Lucky for both of us I didn't. It wouldn't have been pretty if I believed in you, if I figured 'she'll never go through with it, she's been made over by love.'"
A: "If you only once said you loved me..."
D: "Dry your eyes, baby, it's out of character."
There's so much more I could say to exemplify my immense love for this movie, but instead I'll leave you with some great quotes and some wonderful screenshots. Enjoy, and happy birthday, Ingrid!
Alicia: "There's nothing like a love song to give you a good laugh."
A: "This fog gets me."
Dev: "Don't you need a coat?"
A: "You'll do."
A: "Look, I'll make it easy for you. The time has come when you must tell me you have a wife and two adorable children... and this madness between us can't go on any longer."
D: "Bet you've heard that line often enough."
A: "Right below the belt every time. That isn't fair, Dev."
CIA executive talking about Alicia: "A woman of that sort...I don't think we have any illusions about her character, do we, Devlin?"
D: "Not at all, not in the slightest. Ms. Huberman is first, last, and always not a lady. She may be risking her life, but when it comes to being a lady, she doesn't hold a candle to your wife, sitting in Washington, playing bridge with three other ladies of great honor and virtue."
Mme. Sebastian to her son: "Wouldn't it be a little too much if we both grinned at her like idiots?"
A: "Say it again, it keeps me awake."
D: "I love you."