Spellbound(1945, Alfred Hitchcock)

Probably every film made by Hitchcock is worth watching. That’s why when IMDb recommends me some Hitch, I usually say yes.

Long story short, Spellbound is a movie about a guy who suffers from a psychiatric condition. Everybody, including him, believes that he commited a murder. Everybody but Constance, a beautiful psychoanalyst, willing to do anything to prove his innocence.

Constance is played by the gorgeous Ingrid Bergman and the cute amnesiac is played by Gregory Peck.

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(See, he agrees)

She is the type of girl that doesn’t fall in love so easily. She concentrates a lot on her work and it’s great to see a portayal of an independent bright woman in a 1945 movie. She is a dedicated psychoanalyst, and she is not willing to give up once her mind is set on something.

When everybody turns against John (G. Peck), Constance is the only one to believe his innocence. That’s why she runs away with him, looking for answers.

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What happens during this trip is a continuous try to make John remember his life. Constance makes him push his limits because the time they had was short. The police could find them anytime. She took him to her old psychoanalysis professor, with hopes that his experience in the field would help in John’s curing process.

The movie sequence that would end up suffering a freudian analysis is, of course, the dream sequence. What is great, is that this was made with the help of Salvador Dali. After you see it, you’ll know why. I always find it awesome when great people collaborate to make something great together, so it was really exciting watching this.

Note: You can watch another famous dreaming sequence in the movie Wild Strawberries (1957, Ingmar Bergman).

I can’t say I liked this movie more than any other Hitchcock movies I’ve seen. My favorite ones so far are Rebecca(1940) and Psycho(1960). But this one has its great parts too. The use of cinematography it’s interesting. I thought one of the the best parts was the sequence with Constance during John’s trial. You can watch it here (it ends at 3:20). I loved the use of shadows. And there’s also the gun scene, which is nicely done.

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This movie has Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Alfred Hitchcock and a bit of Salvador Dali. Why not watch it?

 

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