Alfred Hitchcock is a boon to repertory film, largely because his work represents the rare marriage of excellence and popularity. The AFI Silver—knowing a good thing when it sees one—has broken up the legendary auteur’s prolific career into two manageable parts, the second of which focuses on his early Hollywood period and will screen until the end of June. Notorious has all the hallmarks of a great Hitchcock thriller: a dashing leading man in Cary Grant, a seductive secret agent in Ingrid Bergman, and a whole lot of no-good, plotting Nazis. Within a fruitful period of foreboding one-word titles (see: Suspicion, Spellbound, Saboteur), Notorious distinguishes itself as one of Hitchcock’s most visually arresting misadventures, for its knotty plot as much as its stars’ gratuitous, production code-challenging smooching.
The film screens tonight at 9:45 p.m. and Wednesday at 8:45 p.m. at the AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. $11.