Heroes & Villains
Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains (1946)
In this psychological espionage thriller from master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock, Alicia Huberman’s (Bergman) notorious reputation sees her recruited as a U.S. spy in post-war Rio de Janeiro. Helped by agent Devlin (Grant), she is ordered to seduce and marry Alexander Sebastian (Rains), a member of a covert group of exiled Nazis, but when Sebastian himself realises who his wife is working for, he begins to plot to get rid of her. Containing one of film history’s most intimate and erotic two-and-a-half-minute kisses, Notorious is the most elegant expression of Hitchcock’s visual style.
St. George’s Cinema comes alive once again for the 2017 Silver Screen Festival with an edge-of-the-seat theme guaranteed to set the blood racing. Taut plots, dark storylines, tense cliff-hangers and gritty performances abound in this week-long festival of classic film evoking the golden age of Hollywood, and exploring the fight between good and evil, and the tensions of right and wrong. Some of cinema’s greatest names in acting are immortalised in eleven award-winning movies that see ruthless and spine-chilling villains pitted against courageous and feisty heroes and heroines.