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Notorious Sparkles Anew at the Wexner Center

In his first decade in Hollywood, Alfred Hitchcock landed on the perfect balance between swooning romance and intricately layered suspense with Notorious, a film whose moral ambiguity hinted at the increasingly complex material of his subsequent masterpieces. Propelled by the effortless chemistry between two of the era’s greatest stars, Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman, this espionage masterpiece follows the story of an alluring German American woman who falls in love with a suave intelligence agent while in the process of spying for the U.S. and seducing a Nazi industrialist (Claude Rains). A showcase of the Master of Suspense’s visual ingenuity as well as his gift for evoking the sensuality of his leads, Notorious comes to vivid new life in our recent restoration, making its big-screen premiere this Saturday at the Wexner Center for the Arts, in Columbus, Ohio. The presentation—part of the fifth annual Cinema Revival, a weekend-long festival devoted to the art and practice of film restoration—kicks off with an introduction by a member of our digital restoration team, Eric Luszcz, who will explain how he went about polishing this classic.

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