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Spellbound (The Criterion Collection) [Import]
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Dr. Constance Petersen (Ingrid Bergman) is a psychiatrist with a firm understanding of human nature-or so she thinks. When the mysterious Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck) becomes the new chief of staff at her institution, the bookish and detached Constance plummets into a whirlwind of tangled identities and feverish psychoanalysis, where the greatest risk is to fall in love. A transcendent love story replete with taut excitement and startling imagery, Spellbound is classic Hitchcock, featuring stunning performances, an Academy Award(r)-winning score by Miklos Rozsa, and a captivating dream sequence by Surrealist icon Salvador Dali.
Alfred Hitchcock takes on Sigmund Freud in this thriller in which psychologist Ingrid Bergman tries to solve a murder by unlocking the clues hidden in the mind of amnesiac suspect Gregory Peck. Among the highlights is a bizarre dream sequence seemingly designed by Salvador Dali--complete with huge eyeballs and pointy scissors. Although the film is in black and white, the original release contained one subliminal blood-red frame, appearing when a gun pointed directly at the camera goes off. Spellbound is one of Hitchcock's strangest and most atmospheric films, providing the director with plenty of opportunities to explore what he called "pure cinema"--i.e., the power of pure visual associations. Miklós Rózsa's haunting score (which features a creepy theremin) won an Oscar, and the movie was nominated for best picture, director, supporting actor (Michael Chekhov), cinematography, and special visual effects. --Jim Emerson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The action begins at Green Manors Psychiatric Sanitarium where there is a change occuring in the head personnel with the "retirement", of facility head Dr Murchison (Leo G. Carroll), after a bout of illness. His replacement a Dr. Anthony Edwardes is due to arrive shortly and in the meantime we are introduced to young psychiatrist Dr. Constance Peterson, (Ingrid Bergman), an all business enthusiast of psychoanalysis totally dedicated to her job. When Dr. Edwardes arrives however all is not well and not only does he appear to be far too young for such an important role but he has a number of "spells", where his own mental health is called into question. Constance finds herself experiencing an immediate attraction to this strange young man who before long she realises is not actually Dr.Read more ›
Anchor Bay has done it again. This 1945 classic directed by Alfred Hitchcock, was beautifully transfered onto this DVD. The black and white images are sharp, crisp, and clear. Barely a sign of this film's age. The sound remastered in Dolby Dig 2.0 is great. If you're a fan of this film, you'll be thrilled at how good it looks.
Haven't seen it yet, but love Hitch, or maybe it's been a while since you have?....Here's a little of this riveting story.....
The beautiful Ingrid Bergman plays the distant psychiatrist Dr. Constance Petersen. She treats a number of troubled patients at the Green Manors Mental Asylum, but her toughest case is yet to come. With Dr. Murchison(Leo G Carroll) being forced into retirement a new chief of staff will be arriving. It is the esteemed Dr Edwards(Gregory Peck)who takes over. It is not long before Edwards and Constance find themselves attracted to one another, and it is not long before Constance figures out that Edwards is not really who he says he is. He displays signs of paranoia and amnesia and it is possible that he murdered the real Dr. Edwards.They are on the run to try to solve the case but as the original theatrical poster says,"Will he Kiss me or Kill me?"(The DVD comes with a mini version of this poster).
You'll be awed Hitch's definitive style of camera angles, shadow and lights, romance and a unique dream sequence designed by Salavdor Dali. Not to mention all the wonderful talent that graces this film. Bergman and Peck make screen magic together, Carroll is a legend and this film shows us why.Also starring is Rhonda Flemming,Michael Chekhov, and Wallace Ford. The music by Miklos Rozsa also adds greatly to the building tension, and romantic scenes in the story.Read more ›
Don't take the psychology seriously. If it's going to ruin the film, then just put it aside. Concentrate on the chemistry between Peck and Bergman. Contrary to what some may think, I do believe there is a distinct chemistry between these two actors. It's in the way she touches his face as he lays sleeping on the couch, in the way he looks at her as he tries to convince himself that he is normal. There is a certain quietude to it that underlies the tension nicely.
And, I must admit, the stark terror on Peck's face as he begins to remember is humorous. It shouldn't be, it's really not meant to be, I know, but it is. It's so stupidly charming that you have to smile. In some strange way this added to the appeal of the film.
This may not be the best film that Hitchcock ever made, but I still liked it and would watch it more than once. Bergman was suitably lovely, Peck steadfastly sexy(despite the goofy terror shots,) and the plot, for the time it was made, wasn't all that poor. Just prepare to have the remote in hand with your finger on the volume. You'll be needing to adjust throughout.
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Lovers of old movies will enjoy this one. Two top stars: Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck. Equally appealing is the theme music by Miklos Rosza. Read morePublished on June 6 2012 by TQOTHC
I've always enjoyed Hitchcock movies. I didn't see this one (Spellbound) before and I was not disappointed when I did view it.Published on Sept. 30 2009 by boyoblue
This film captures Alfred Hitchcock at his best. The story, cast and the characters are perfect. ILOVED IT!!!!!!!!1Published on June 22 2004
What's remarkable about "Spellbound"--aside from wonderful performances by stars Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck--is that despite its foundation in psychology for plot,... Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by Stephen Kaczmarek
First things first: I am not a Hitchcock fan, fanatic, or devotee. The only film I like by him, after seeing quite a few, is Frenzy, a lesser known work from the early 70s. Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004 by LGwriter
Although not up to the standard of Notorious, Hitchcock's Spellbound had a number of interesting elements. The film stars Gregory Peck as Dr. Read morePublished on Jan. 3 2004 by Wayne Klein
Criterion has announced on its website that this title will be going out-of-print on December 31, 2003 along with Rebecca and Notorious. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2003 by Lynn Douglas
"Spellbound" is director, Alfred Hitchcock's first foray into psychoanalysis. Ingrid Bergman stars as Constance; a frigid psychoanalyst, whose own repression is tested... Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by Nix Pix
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