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Critic Reviews for Spellbound
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.
Audience Reviews for Spellbound
Dr. Alex Brulov: What is there for you to see? We both know that the mind of a woman in love is operating on the lowest level of the intellect!
"Will he Kiss me or Kill me?"
Spellbound is just another good thriller from the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. This isn't one of his best movies by any means, it isn't Vertigo, Rear Window or Psycho. What it is, though, is a thoroughly interesting, engaging and suspenseful thriller.
A new director is arriving at a mental asylum where he will begin his new job, replacing a man that has been there for 20 years. When he does arrive, the rest of the staff is baffled by his young age. The man also is showing signs of mental distress and lack of knowledge about his job. Anymore knowledge on the film would just take away from it.
There's a lot of great art direction going on in Spellbound. There are some masterfully constructed and original scenes, the least of which, not being Salvador Dali's designed dream sequence.
This Hitchcock classic is a fun ride and features all the elements of a Hitchcock film that make them so great. Obviously this is one you should see.
The Dali dream sequence was genius! Ingrid Bergman as a cold psychiatrist was perfect as well as a confused Gregory Peck. A story that never fully reveals itself until the last minutes, Spellbound is a film that takes commitment but is a psychological classic.
This was the first film to focus on the then revolutionary use of psychoanalysis. So, in regards to history, this is a fairly important film, but, when looked at today, it doesn't hold up as well. All of the psychology talk comes of as being more like psychobabble, things are dated, and the exism is notable. Of course, this was made in 1945, so it was slightly more excusable then, but it's no longer 1945, so it did get my attention a little more than it should have.
I'll excuse some of these issues though, since the story at hand is a decent one. We've got a maverick female doctor who begins treating an amnesiac who may or may not have committed murder and stolen someone's identity. Basically this is a typical Hitch murder mystery dressed up with Freudian analysis and symbolism.
But that's just fine when you've got some really good art direction, decent effects, and a sweet (and trippy) dream sequence designed by Salvador Dali. The dream sequence is definitely the highlight of the film, despite the fact that a lot of it was unfortunately cut and Dali was ultimately not happy about the end results. Still though, it's some memorable stuff.
Acting wise, we've got Gregory Peck as the male lead, and, he's good, but perhaps a bit wooden. Ingrid Bergman shines though as the female lead, and she's giving a wonderful performance here. And, keeping in line with typical Hitch, there's murder AND romance, so this film is stuffed with all sorts of things for all sorts of people. Plus, the score is nice too, if maybe somewhat schmaltzy.
All in all, a fine enough film, but kinda overrated. I'll be kind though and say it's near the top of Hitch's B-List.
|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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