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Video Essay-A Notoriously Amazing Shot

First thing’s first: I apologize for the title. It makes me gag a little bit too. I was stuck and I just couldn’t resist.

I’m a huge Hitchcock fan and have seen Notorious on numerous occasions, so I immediately knew where I was going ¬†with what scene to pick. For as awesome as the shot is, I also realized that there’s only so much to talk about in the scene itself. There are a number of great, subtle Hitchcockian touches with the tunnel shots across crowds and the heavy closeup on Grant and Bergman’s gentle touching of hands, but I actually didn’t have too much more to talk about. There are some interesting uses of color to define the shots across the room, especially when Claude Raines’ character shoots is attention across the room at Grant and Bergman’s secretly affectionate touches.