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Notorious

Artist
Morini
Sitter
Cary Grant, 18 Jan 1904 - 29 Nov 1986
Ingrid Bergman, 29 Aug 1915 - 29 Aug 1982
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, 13 Aug 1899 - 29 Apr 1980
Claude Rains, 10 Nov 1889 - 30 May 1967
Date
c. 1950
Type
Print
Medium
Color photolithographic poster with halftone
Dimensions
Sheet: 202.6 x 145.4cm (79 3/4 x 57 1/4")
Mount: 203.5 x 145.5cm (80 1/8 x 57 5/16")
Board: 204.5 x 146.1cm (80 1/2 x 57 1/2")
A to G depth: to be determined by strainer
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
NPG.2005.67
Culture
Ingrid Bergman: European\Scandinavian\Swedish
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock: European\British\English
Exhibition Label
As banned American films finally arrived in Italy after World War II, the revived Italian poster industry turned out spectacular advertising, such as this image for the 1946 spy thriller Notorious. Director Alfred Hitchcock had paired for the first time two of his favorite actors of the 1940s, Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman. In the film, which was both a popular and critical success in America, Hitchcock exposed the darker side of Grant's personality, focusing more on psychological tensions than on action scenes to further the suspense. The poster, however, features the love triangle between Grant, Bergman, and Claude Rains, who had won an Academy Award nomination for his depiction of a pro-Nazi spy. Especially effective in this poster is the unusual addition of Hitchcock himself, depicted here in a controlling, puppeteer-like pose.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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