Spellbound

Spellbound

DVD - 1999
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A classic film about an amnesiac mental patient who poses as the director of a mental institution and becomes entangled in a murder.

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It may be that ' Strictly Confidential' is no longer around these parts, being as it was way back in 2015 he or she commented on this film: i liked that person's comment just now, as he/she mentioned the Salvador Dali part of the film, which was a big newsmaker at the time, as he was a famous artist. I thought the Dali portion did more to explain the film than the rest of the film, although to say it needed to be 20 minutes long, is a tad on the absurd side.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jul 27, 2018

GOOD 1945 film dealing with emergence of psychoanalytical therapy, etc. Fun to see Gregory Peck at age 29. Ingrid Bergman is also a fun watch - sometimes you can hear a tiny bit of her Swedish background in her English lines. And more fine film music by Miklos Rozsa who included some theremin which contributed to the eerie flavor of the film.

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CrewCutKen
Mar 13, 2018

For anyone who firmly believes that Alfred Hitchcock couldn't direct a dud - Just watch Spellbound. It's so bad that it's almost laughable. It's a real embarrassment on all counts.

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ba_library
Feb 11, 2018

Spellbound was a bit different from the other Hitchcock films I have watched. The film starts with Gregory Peck (Dr. Edwardes) reporting as head psychiatrist at a mental institution in Vermont where Ingrid Bergman (Constance Peterson) is also a psychiatrist—of course, they immediately fall in love! Only problem, Dr Edwardes seems to have some psychological issues himself – he gets woozy and is terrified of dark lines on a white backgrund. He has amnesia; other doctors begin to suspect the worst of him, but Constance believes he is mentally blocking something from his childhood memory and she is determined to help him. Peck has assumed the identity of Dr. Edwardes in his paranoid amnesia state and he cannot recall his past or even his real name. Bergman and her friend/mentor decide to analyze his dreams which he can remember, but doesn’t understand their meaning. Salvador Dali created the dream sequence in the film which adds to the bizarre factor of the film and we eventually find out what happens to the real Dr. Edwards and how Peck's character got involved. Bergman and Peck are great and the story is interesting (see other comments below many did not care for this Hitchcock film) worth watching if you have not seen this film (and decide whether it is a worthy Hitchcock contribution). Perhaps I found it intriguing because I am one of those people who does not dream and after watching this, probably glad I do not!

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JuanAntonioSamaraj
Dec 12, 2017

Interesting for a viewer who is into psychological analysis and dream visions and so forth. The ultimate solution to "where is Dr. Edwardes?", as revealed at the end really doesn't make much sense. It is very far fetched to imagine how things were planned out and allowed to happen... Also I don't much care for Gregory Peck as an actor. To me he's the Kevin Costner of the 1930s/1940s, tall and handsome but always seeming to play the same generic guy and without any special qualities or charisma, unlike Bogart, Gable, Grant, Tracy, etc....

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Me_Tarzan
May 28, 2015

Well, I'll tell you one thing for certain - Alfred Hitchcock's "Spellbound" definitely didn't hold me spellbound. Far from it. In fact, a number of times throughout the story I actually burst out laughing at how corny, clichéd, and, yes, cockeyed this particular romance was.

I guess back in 1945 (with WW2 ending, and everything) they must have figured that no matter how implausible and dumb "Spellbound's" story really was, it couldn't fail to be a success since it starred 2 of Hollywood's most beautiful and adored actors-of-the-day, Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck (both in their prime at 30).

And, of course, Spellbound was, indeed, a huge hit when it was first released.

For me, though - About the only thing worth watching Spellbound for was its brief dream sequence which was conceived by surrealist artist, Salvador Dali.

Unfortunately, this particular episode in the film was cut from its original 20 minutes to only 2 minutes by the film's producer, David Selznick, who, apparently, clashed with Hitchcock often over the direction of this production.

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Nursebob
Dec 11, 2014

Resident psychiatrist Constance Petersen finds her cold heart warming to Dr. Edwardes, the new head of Green Manors sanitarium—-in fact, after a single afternoon’s stroll the two fall hopelessly in love. Sadly, Constance quickly discovers that Edwardes is not only harbouring a dark secret, but he may not even be the man he claims to be…if only he could remember. Suddenly finding herself involved in a murder investigation (did he or didn’t he?) a lovestruck Petersen flees to New York with her amnesiac lover in the hopes of unlocking his memories and clearing his name before the police dragnet closes in… Hitchcock’s stylish whodunit was touted as the first serious “psychoanalytical” film upon its initial release, by today’s standards however its mental health slant comes across as so much naïve psycho-gibberish, although a dream sequence designed by surrealist Salvador Dali serves up a visual treat while a colourful patient session with a sexually repressed man-hater adds a little spice. Furthermore the film’s subtle sexism (“Women make the best psychoanalysts until they fall in love. After that they make the best patients”) becomes annoying real fast. Hitchcock’s signature flair for pairing rousing orchestral scores with eye-catching cinematography is evident throughout but too many outrageous twists and gimmicks involving ski slopes, dream interpretation, and a giant papier-mâché hand push the envelope past credibility and towards the ludicrous. If it were not for the star power of leads Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck I would give this one a pass.

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garycornell
Jul 14, 2014

"Spellbound" is a great Alfred Hitchcock movie. Here we see the workings of psychiatry of the 1950's. Alfred Hitchcock assumes we all think the worst of these professionals. So what does he do, he shows us the crooked side of a psychiatry hospital. Good idea for a movie and great acting by Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman. Am I the only one who falls in love with her every time I watch one of her performances. At the time, she was one of the most beautiful leading ladies in Hollywood. As a doctor in "Spellbound" she really captures your imagination. Without giving any more details out, give this film a chance. It will deliver the Five Stars it so rightfully deserves!

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

I loved it. Ingrid Bergman was an absolutely stunning woman. Great actress, too. Hitchcock approaches this noir uniquely, with Bergman as a psychoanalyst, acting as a detective. Dali's surrealistic dream sequences were 'spellbinding' (lol) (unfortunately abbreviated by Selznick; the missing ones forever lost). The skiing scene was hilarious. Great ending. FIVE STARS.

huntm Jul 21, 2012

Ingrid Bergman has the same expression throughout the movie, but I still respect her acting. For a drama it was too superficial. Gregory Peck fit his part pretty well and made the mood more mysterious and the audience more captivated. The coolest part was when Bergman and Peck act as a married couple, go to an old professor's house thinking he'll fall for their camouflage but he's not that stupid. Professor Alex cracked me up every time he shot back a witty answer. Watch the movie, the ending is worth it.

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

Dr. Alex Brulov: "Good night and happy dreams... which we will analyze at breakfast."

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