Aug 9, 2013 1:36 PM by Dan Shadwell
Tonight, one of Alfred Hitchcock's most famous espionage films will screen under the stars at the Santa Barbara County courthouse in Santa Barbara.
It's both a thriller and a love story.
Cary Grant plays a government agent who recruits a beautiful socialite, played by Ingrid Bergman to infiltrate a group of Nazis in South America... and dupe the head of the group, played by Claude Raines.
Hitchcock completed the film in 1946, shortly after World War II ended, and one plot point drew some serious scrutiny from the FBI.
The film is full of innuendo, and contains a famous kissing scene between the two stars, that carefully stepped around censorship laws of the day.
Time magazine called it one of the best films of all time and Roger Ebert said it was "the most elegant expression of the master's visual style."
The screening is free and starts at 8:30 in the sunken garden just next to the courthouse, as part of the UCSB Arts & Lectures film series, "Alfred Hitchcock Nights: Eight Classic Films of Obsession, Mystery and Suspense."
You're welcome to bring blankets and low-backed beach chairs, as well as picnic dinners to the show.
For more information on "Notorious" and the rest of the films in the series, just go to ksby.com and click on "links" on the home page.
By the way, the film contains some mature themes and may not be appropriate for young children, so please keep that in mind.
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