Classic Film Guide

Spellbound (1945)

This is another psychological thriller which marks the first (of three) time(s) Mr. Hitchcock was blessed with the talents of Ingrid Bergman. Also cast was Gregory Peck (the first of his two pairings with the director). Peck plays an amnesiac who poses as a doctor in a mental asylum, Bergman the one who tries to help him. Leo G. Carroll also plays a prominent role. This was the second film (after Rebecca (1940)) that Hitchcock did for Producer David O. Selznick, and the results are uneven at best. The most memorable scenes involve some dream sequences enhanced with custom work by artist Salvador Dali and the ending sequence which is seen from Carroll's character's POV as he points a gun at Ms. Bergman's, following her as she walks towards a door until ... I wouldn't want spoil it! The film received the Best Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) Oscar and received five other nominations including Best Picture & Director. Ms. Bergman won the New York Film Critics Circle Best Actress Award.

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