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As Alfred Hitchcock's classic psychothriller opens, the staff of a posh mental asylum eagerly awaits the arrival of the new director. When the man in question shows up, it turns out to be handsome psychiatrist John Ballantine (Gregory Peck). But something's wrong, here: Ballantine seems much too young for so important a position; his answers to the staff's questions are vague and detached; and he seems unusually distressed by the parallel marks, left by a fork, on a white tablecloth. Dr.
Jan 1, 1945 Wide
Mar 13, 2001
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Dr. Constance Peters...
Dr. Anthony Edwardes
Dr. Alex Brulov
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Not to be speechless about it, David O. Selznick has a rare film in Spellbound.
I don't agree with her much, but Pauline Kael was right about this one.
It may not be first-rank Hitchcock, but even second-tier Hitchcock is better than what most other directors produce.
Made in an age when master shots often became a standard scene style, Hitchcock shows some real thought behind his composition.
A commercial and critical hit in its day, this Best Picture Oscar nominee has seen its standing slip in the ensuing decades, as it's never mentioned on any list of Alfred Hitchcock's best works. That's a shame.
It has a lot of great stuff, not least of which is the odd dream sequence, designed by none other than Salvador Dali.
One of Hollywood's most explicit films about psychoanalysis, Spellbound takes a dubious and contrived approach to the subject, but the stars (Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck)shine and their love story is enjoyable.
Severely dated but supremely entertaining psychological thriller
Second-tier Hitchcock, notable mainly for Salvador Dali's hallucinogenic landscapes.
Mid-range Hitchcock thriller with standout dream sequence.
For fans of Hitchcock, it will be obvious that this isn't one of his best, but, as always, the atmosphere of suspense and mystery that he creates makes the film worth seeing.
Spellbound lands as one of Hitchcock's classics but it's far from his best work.
an incessantly talky film, with every significant action being explained in long-winded speeches about guilt and repression
once again Hitchcock's camera is the star of the film, elevating its status
The pat psychoanalytic answers seem all too easy by today's standards, but that really doesn't take away from enjoyment of this classic film.
It sounds utterly schematic, but this top-notch production redeems the majority of the clichés.
A syrupy serving of Freudian analysis that looks tempting but tastes of too much superego, id, and subconscious jive to be taken seriously.
Audience Reviews for Spellbound
- Dr. Alex Brulov: Women make the best pyschoanalysts, until they fall in love. After that they make the best patients.
- Dr. Anthony Edwardes: Oh, by the way - why are we going to Rockester for?
- Dr. Constance Peterson: Well we're going to visit Dr. Brulov.
- Dr. Anthony Edwardes: Oh oh oh, that's the gut who doesn't like sore-spotters
- Dr. Constance Peterson: He was my analyst and psycho-analyzed me.
- Dr. Anthony Edwardes: Really, and what was wrong with you?
- Dr. Constance Peterson: oh all analysts get psycho-analyze by other analysts, before they start practicing.
- Dr. Anthony Edwardes: Ohh; that's to make sure that they are not too crazy.
- Dr. Constance Peterson: Apparently the mind is never to sick to make jokes ABOUT psycho-analysis.
- Dr. Anthony Edwardes: I'm sorry. I'm a pig.
- Dr. Constance Peterson: No, I'm am; I keep forgetting you're a patient.
- Dr. Anthony Edwardes: So do I. When I hold you like this I feel entirely well. Will you love me just as much when I'm normal?
- Dr. Constance Peterson: Oh I'll be insane - about you. [girlish giggling]
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