In honour of TIFF Bell Lightbox’s upcoming Ingrid Bergman celebration, we decided to feature one of Bergman’s most badass characters for this week’s Feminist Flashback Friday! One of her many teamups with the legendary Alfred Hitchcock, Ingrid’s Alicia Guberman from 1946’s Notorious is our featured femme.
Plus, keep reading to find out how to win a pair of tickets to see Notorious on the big screen!
Who Is She?
A woman with a promiscuous past, Alicia is recruited by the government to infiltrate a Nazi organization thanks to her convenient status as the daughter of an imprisoned Nazi spy. Alicia is angry and doesn’t hide her anger at the world, at her father, at the government that imprisoned him and at her eventual lover. Alicia takes on the emotionally stressful job of pretending to fall in love with a Nazi in order to discover the secrets of his organization, going as far as to wed him making her lover, Agent Devlin jealous (even though he was the one who recruited her for the job).
What Makes Her A Badass?
You mean aside from the fact that she risks her life to infiltrate a group of terrifying Nazis, acts as if she is in love with and marries one of them while taking abuse about her promiscuity and drinking from a fragile ego’d man-child of a lover?
Everything Alicia does in this movie shows her to be a badder ass that anyone else (except her mother-in-law who is the terrifyingly evil sort of bad ass and not at all someone you want to emulate). She is constantly given an out, but pushes through regardless, always of her own accord.
My favourite thing about her is her total unashamed openness about her sexually active past. While she is gossiped about and looked down on for this (in fact, she is recruited partially because she is known to be “easy”), Alicia holds her chin up and owns the woman she was. She attempts to shed this lifestyle and makes it clear it everyone, but then isn’t afraid to have sex with the Nazi she’s sent to seduce in order to convince him that she loves him.
Alicia is always in total control and it’s only when her husband and mother-in-law plot her death does she need the help of Devlin.
Why Does She Still Matter Today?
Do you ever have one of those days when you feel like everyone is attacking you for one reason or another? Those are the days that you need to look to Alicia Huberman for much-needed inspiration. She’s a reminder that you can be whoever the hell you want as long as you own it. Want to be promiscuous? Own it! Want to be celibate? Own it! Want to work for a living? Own it! Want to stay home and raise a traditional family? Own it! And forget the naysayers, even if they are your loved ones because if they can’t take you the way you are, then they don’t deserve you at all.
CONTEST: Notorious Passes at the TIFF Bell Lightbox
We’ve teamed up with TIFF to offer you two passes to the screening of Notorious! To enter:
Tickets are valid only at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King St W, Toronto, ON) on Sunday, August 23 at 3 p.m This contest ends at 3:59 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2015. Good luck!
Check out Notorious and a bunch of other fabulous Ingrid Bergman films from her long career between August 22 and September 6 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox! See their website for full details.