Arthouse Hotel’s Notorious-themed room is the perfect choice for group accommodation in the centre of Liverpool, just moments away from Liverpool’s top nightlife district and tourist attractions.
The Notorious room is the ideal accommodation for fans of Hitchcock’s iconic love story-cum-spy thriller, with luxurious deluxe beds sleeping up to four guests.
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Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious marked a change in his filming style and showed a maturing of his themes, his first real attempt at creating a serious love story, one that was a tremendous success and is noted for its elegant shooting style and the longest kiss on film at the time.
Hitchcock holds up his reputation as “The Master of Suspense” even in a spy thriller, with tension at every turn in Notorious that keeps viewers on the edge of their seat, hoping that the devastatingly beautiful femme fatale will fight her way through her demons.
Set in post-war America, Notorious tells the story of Alicia Huberman, the American daughter of a convicted German war criminal with a notorious reputation. T.R. Devlin is a US government official working to bring Nazis to justice, recruiting Alicia as a spy to help him do so.
A Dangerous Mission
The pair travel to Brazil, where an organisation of Nazis is hiding out and the two fall in love along the way. For the assignment, Alicia must seduce Alexander Sebastian, one of the leading members of the Nazi group, a sacrifice she is willing to make because of her love for Devlin, he uses Alicia’s love to force her into the arms of another man.
As time goes on and Alicia’s relationship with Sebastian gets more serious, she must go further undercover to expose the Nazi’s criminal activities, the stakes get higher and the danger is intense and Devlin, Alicia and Sebastian’s lives become intimately entangled in this risky espionage operation.
Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman take on the starring roles in the sensual and full of danger Notorious. The established stars contributed to the film’s wildly successful release, earning $4.8 million in theatrical rentals, making it one of the biggest hits of the year. Notorious also earned a nomination for the Oscar for Writing Original Screenplay and Claude Rains an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor as Sebastian.
The black and white masterpiece has two iconic shots that are revered by fans and critics alike. The first is the tracking shot from a second-floor balcony, overlooking the party in Sebastian’s grand mansion. The camera tracks down and focuses on Bergman, ending with a tight close-up of a key in her hand.
The second is a kissing scene that cleverly got around the production code that ordered that no kisses can last more than three seconds by having Bergman and Grant break apart every three seconds to murmur a few words or nuzzle each other, then get right back to it. The kiss lasted nearly three minutes and could not be pulled up by the production code.
Alfred Hitchcock was undeniably one of the most revered and successful directors of all time, famed for his artful creation of suspense, unease and fear through clever camera techniques. One of the most iconic directors in film history, his 60-year career saw him crowned as a pioneer of the progression of the thriller genre.
The birth of Notorious came some two years earlier than the realise, with Hitchcock desperate to make a film about confidence tricks, with Ingrid Bergman as the star. Although producer David O. Selznick began production on Notorious, the film was passed over to RKO as he put all his efforts into another film. Hitchcock was glad to be free of Selznick’s especially stifling thumb, as there had been tension between the two since their previous work on Spellbound (1945).
Hitchcock had reputation for planning every last detail of his films, from storyboards to exact costumes to specific camera angles and sounds, but during filming, his vision was challenged by Ingrid Bergman. Famously once saying that actors should be treated like cattle, nobody expected the meticulous director to agree and change the scene.