Spellbound

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Behind a veil of psychoanalytic babble lies a simple tale of murder in Alfred Hitchcock's popular thriller Spellbound. During the WWII era in which the film was released, it was heralded for its intellectual use of Freudian theories to solve a murder. In retrospect, however, the film reveals psychoanalytic ideas that are simplistic and obsolete to the point of becoming comical. In spite of this, Hitchcock's tremendous ability to create suspense remains a timeless one and the film's thriller elements, combined ...
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Overview

Behind a veil of psychoanalytic babble lies a simple tale of murder in Alfred Hitchcock's popular thriller Spellbound. During the WWII era in which the film was released, it was heralded for its intellectual use of Freudian theories to solve a murder. In retrospect, however, the film reveals psychoanalytic ideas that are simplistic and obsolete to the point of becoming comical. In spite of this, Hitchcock's tremendous ability to create suspense remains a timeless one and the film's thriller elements, combined with a series of outstanding visuals, bring Spellbound within a notch of the director's best works. The psychological elements allowed Hitchcock to be creative visually and he went to the best, hiring artist Salvador Dali to design a series of incredibly eerie dream sequences. Sadly, only a few of Dali's wonderful creations made the final cut while the others were either lost or destroyed. Hitchcock often spoke of one particularly fantastic sequence in which a statue cracked and fell apart, revealing star Ingrid Bergman beneath it. The climactic suicide scene in which the villain, having been revealed, decides to kill himself is another example of Hitchcock's willingness to experiment. Seen from the killer's perspective, the scene shows him turning the gun on himself and firing it right into the camera. The explosion appears in red and was hand-tinted onto the black-and-white image. Gregory Peck is a strong male lead playing the protagonist whose disturbed mind holds the key to the entire mystery, but Bergman steals the show as his love-struck shrink, a woman mistakenly described by one of her peers as "a human glacier." Spellbound was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor Michael Chekhov, but went on to win for Miklos Rozsa's chilling score. Hitchcock's cameo arrives at the film's 38-minute mark, when the director can be seen exiting an elevator. Patrick Legare
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Special Features

Commentary with Author and Film Professor Thomas Schatz and Film Professor Charles Ramirez Berg; ; Dreaming with Scissors: Hitchcock, Surrealism and Salvador Dali featurette; ; Guilt By Association: Psychoanalyzing Spellbound featurette; ; A Cinderella Story: Rhonda Fleming featurette; ; 1948 Radio Play Directed by Alfred Hitchcock; ; Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock; ; Original Theatrical Trailer ; Still Gallery; ; Closed Caption
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Behind a veil of psychoanalytic babble lies a simple tale of murder in Alfred Hitchcock's popular thriller Spellbound. During the WWII era in which the film was released, it was heralded for its intellectual use of Freudian theories to solve a murder. In retrospect, however, the film reveals psychoanalytic ideas that are simplistic and obsolete to the point of becoming comical. In spite of this, Hitchcock's tremendous ability to create suspense remains a timeless one and the film's thriller elements, combined with a series of outstanding visuals, bring Spellbound within a notch of the director's best works. The psychological elements allowed Hitchcock to be creative visually and he went to the best, hiring artist Salvador Dali to design a series of incredibly eerie dream sequences. Sadly, only a few of Dali's wonderful creations made the final cut while the others were either lost or destroyed. Hitchcock often spoke of one particularly fantastic sequence in which a statue cracked and fell apart, revealing star Ingrid Bergman beneath it. Gregory Peck is a strong male lead playing the protagonist with a confused and cloudy mind, but Bergman steals the show as his love-struck shrink, a woman described by one of her peers as "a human glacier." Spellbound was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor (Michael Chekhov), but went on to win for Miklos Rozsa's chilling score. Hitchcock's cameo arrives at the film's 38-minute mark, when the director can be seen exiting an elevator.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2008
  • UPC: 883904109914
  • Original Release: 1945
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20Th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Restored / Repackaged / Subtitled / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:51:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 8,868

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ingrid Bergman Dr. Constance Peterson
Gregory Peck Dr. Anthony Edwardes
Jean Acker Matron
Rhonda Fleming Mary Carmichael
Leo G. Carroll Dr. Murchison
Donald Curtis Harry
Norman Lloyd Garmes
Regis Toomey Sgt. Gillespie
John Emery Dr. Fleurot
Paul Harvey Dr. Hanish
Steven Geray Dr. Graff
Michael Chekhov Dr. Alex Brulov
Erskine Sanford Dr. Galt
Janette Scott Norma
Wallace Ford Hotel Stranger
Bill Goodwin House Detective
Dave Willock Bellboy
George Meader Railroad Clerk
Matt Moore Policeman
Harry Brown Gateman
Art Baker Lt. Cooley
Clarence Straight Secretary at Police Station
Joel Davis John Ballantine (younger)
Teddy Infuhr Ballantine's Brother
Addison Richards Police Captain
Richard Bartell Ticket Man
Edward Fielding Dr. Edwardes
Irving Bacon Gateman
Victor Kilian Sheriff
Technical Credits
Alfred Hitchcock Director
George Barnes Cinematographer
James Basevi Production Designer
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Jack Cosgrove Special Effects
Lowell J. Farrell Asst. Director
Howard Greer Costumes/Costume Designer
John Ewing Art Director
Hal Kern Editor
Emile Kuri Set Decoration/Design
Angus MacPhail Screenwriter
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
David O. Selznick Producer
Rex Wimpy Cinematographer
James Wimpy Cinematographer
William H. Ziegler Editor
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Spellbound
1. Overture [:09]
2. Main Titles [1:26]
3. Green Manors [3:52]
4. A Woman Underneath [1:36]
5. Making Way for the New [1:59]
6. Handing Over The Reins [3:40]
7. Guilt Complex [3:52]
8. An Afternoon Off [2:53]
9. Lightning Strikes [5:13]
10. Doors Open [2:57]
11. Who Are You? [5:41]
12. Holding Back [5:12]
13. Room 3033 [5:10]
14. Nothing To Do With Love [6:09]
15. The Train To Rochester [6:54]
16. Unwelcome Visitors [6:00]
17. Frightened Of Lines [3:34]
18. The Razor's Edge [5:05]
19. Just A Few More Days [7:04]
20. Buried In The Brain [4:03]
21. The Dream [6:17]
22. Wanted by the Police [3:18]
23. Racing Downhill [2:46]
24. The Light Dawns [3:33]
25. I Knew Him Only Slightly [4:47]
26. An Excellent Analysis [7:08]
27. A Husband of Mine [:41]
28. Exit Music [:06]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Spellbound
   Play
      Play Film with Overture and Exit Music
      Play Film Without Overture and Exit Music
   Languages
      Audio
         English Mono
         Commentary With Author and Film Professor Thomas Schatz & Film Professor Charles Ramirez Berg
      Subtitles
         English
         Spanish
         French
         Subtitles: None
   Scenes
   Features
      Commentary With Author And Film Professor Thomas Schatz & Film Professor Charles Ramirez Berg: On/Off
      Dreaming With Scissors: Hitchcock, Surrealism and Salvador Dali
      Guilt by Association: Psychoanalyzing Spellbound
      A Cinderella Story: Rhonda Fleming
      1948 Radio Play
         Play Recording
      Hitchcock Interview
         Peter Bogdanovich Interviews Hitchcock
      Theatrical Trailer
      Still Galleries
         Portraits
         Posters
      Behind The Scenes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Wow

    I've been a fan of both Ingrid Berman and Gregory Peck for awhile now, which is why I decided to watch this. Naturally, their performances were epic. With a suspenseful plot and Hitchcock directing, this film is a must see.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Spellbound

    Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck are perfectly cast in this outstanding picture. The acting is superb! The chemistry between Ingrid and Gregory is felt! The story line is wonderful! It is full of passion! Full of romance. I love it. This is my favourite picture of all time!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Spellbound

    This Alfred Hitchcock movie, while watchable, is not in the same class as Notorious, Vertigo, Shadow of a Doubt, Rebecca, Rear Window, or the like. The dubious psychoanalytic plot strand is very threadbare and quite dated. By comparison, the psychological aspect of Vertigo, though equally spurious in its way, is indelible and convincing beyond any consideration of probability. Gregory Peck is uninolving and somewhat wooden as the lead. Even Ingrid Bergman is not as good here as she is in other roles, perhaps because she is miscast as a rather frigid psychoanalyst. Hitchcock's films usually have a humorous side, but this one really seems to take itself seriously, and there is very little of Hitchcock's characteristic jocularity, so evident in The Lady Vanishes, Rear Window, North By Northwest and even in Notorious, to name just a few. Hitchcock's sense of humor is usually pretty obvious, but it seems to grow on one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Mystery Within a Mystery

    SPELLBOUND is classic Hitchcock: a mystery within a mystery/ the wrong man pursued by police/ outstanding set pieces including Salvador Dali dream sequences/ and forbidden romance. The plot twists and psychological imagery are abundant with unrelenting suspense as the story unfolds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The real 'Psycho' -logical thriller

    This is an amazing psychological thriller. This is Hitchcock at his best. This movie isn't one of his most popular, nevertheless, it is one of my favorites. He uses the help of Salvador Dali to design a dream sequence that will blow you out of the water. This is an artist work that keeps you in suspense. Again, Hitchcock uses his mastery of ultra-realism to keep the audiences attention and desire to find out what happens.

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