Editor's Pick: Notorious

Posted by Randy Shulman
May 20, 2011 8:09 AM |

The American Film Institute's Silver Theatre presents the second in a three-part series this year exploring the works of the great filmmaker. Part II focuses on his early Hollywood pictures, and up this weekend are 1946's Nazi-era espionage caper Notorious, starring Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant and Claude Rains, and 1947's leaden courtroom drama The Paradine Case, starring Gregory Peck. Honestly, you can skip Paradine -- it's one of Hitchcock's duds, not helped by a wooden Peck (though it is occasionally enlivened by a scene-stealing Charles Laughton). But Notorious? Don't miss it. Even if you've seen it before. It's arguably the director's masterpiece, featuring one of the longest single-take kisses in cinematic history, breathtaking performances from Bergman and Rains, and an intensely romantic narrative that boils over with suspense. Watch for the extraordinary tracking shot that starts at the ceiling and closes in on a hand nervously clutching a key. This was before CGI folks, and it is beyond technically astonishing -- it is a marvel. Notorious screens Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, May 22, at 9:45 p.m., and Wednesday, May 25, at 8:45 p.m.; The Paradine Case screens Sunday, May 22, at 12:30 p.m., Monday, May 23, at 8:45 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. Tickets are $11 for each screening. Call 301-495-6720 or visit afi.com/Silver.

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