Notorious: Ingrid Bergman on Hitchcock’s Classic Masterpiece, Co-Starring Cary Grant

Ingrid Bergman discussed Hitchcock’s 1946 masterpiece, Notorious, at a special screening of a new restored version in the Museum of Modern Art in 1980.

The three-time Oscar winning actress considers one of the film’s best-known single shots, in which the camera moves from the chandelier in a ballroom full of guests to a key that Bergman’s character, Alicia, holds in her clenched fist, to be one of Hitchcock’s most astonishing technical feats.

As for her long kissing scene with co-star Cary Grant, Hitchcock employed a sneaky method of getting around the censorship at the time, as dictated by the Production Code.  According to the strict and restrictive rules, a kiss could last only three seconds on the screen, but Hitchcock directed his actors to stay intertwined but, every three seconds, come up for air.

 

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