Rent Spellbound (1945)

3.9 of 5 from 115 ratings
1h 50min
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Synopsis:
Having retired from his position as head of the Green Manors Mental Asylum, Dr. Murchison assigns famous psychiatrist Dr. Edwards (Gregory Peck) as his replacement. Dr. Edwards becomes attracted to the beautiful but cold Dr. Constance Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) who soon realises that he is in fact a paranoid amnesiac impostor. She sets out to cure him whilst solving the mystery of what happened to the real Dr. Edwards...
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Directors:
Writers:
Ben Hecht, Frances Beeding
Others:
John Dall, Miklós Rózsa, George Barnes, Jack Cosgrove
Studio:
Fremantle
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Thrillers
Awards:

1946 Oscar Best Dramatic or Comedy Score

BBFC:
Release Date:
04/10/2004
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Moving Menus and Chapter Points - Cast Biographies Quotes and Trivia - Rim Trivia - Awards and Taglines
  • Photo Gallery
  • A conversation with Hitchcock – An interview with Kim Newman
  • The real me (The thin one)
  • Extracts from Francois Truffaut's book
  • Hitchcock biography
  • Quotes and trivia

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Reviews (1) of Spellbound

Film Blanc. - Spellbound review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
21/02/2021

The Master gives us a  familiar Hitchcockian hero in flight from the law, and another innocent man fighting to clear his name. But this time the MacGuffin is an incident suppressed in the guilt complex of a doctor wrongly accused of murder. It is one of the first of the run of psychoanalysis thrillers that appeared after WWII, and the authority of the subconsciousness became one of the Master's recurring themes.

When Ingrid Bergman (in her glasses and lab coat) and Gregory Peck appear as psychiatrists at the start of the film, so glamorous are they it takes about twenty minutes to suspend disbelief.

In the era of film noir, it is diverting to see a film so white, as Peck reacts unpredictably to any memory of snow. But apart from that visual motif, it is as quintessential as any Hitchcock film and the first of three adapted with and written by the great Ben Hecht.

It has a strikingly modernist style. Obviously the dream sequence featuring original artwork by Salvador Dali lends it that image. But it has many startling visual perspectives. I like the scene where an abstracted Gregory Peck is followed by the camera down a stairway until we see a cut throat razor in his hand in close up. It looks like something you see in a seventies horror, such was Hitch's influence..

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