Spellbound

Spellbound

DVD - 2008
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A psychologist falls for a suspect in a murder, which she tries to solve by unlocking the clues hidden in his mind.
Publisher: [United States] : Metro Goldwyn Mayer ; Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, 2008
Branch Call Number: 791.4372 S743h3
Language Note: In English with optional English, Spanish or French subtitles; closed captioned
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (111 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in

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bdehler
Sep 08, 2020

Not one of my fav movies, the story makes no logical sense if you think logically about the premise and plot.

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SusyHendrix
Jul 21, 2020

While the Freudian analysis element is extremely dated, the romance between Bergman and Peck, as well as the stunning visuals and score, make this worth a watch for fans of old-school movie thrillers.

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jimg2000
Jul 08, 2020

Can't say I get the far-out dream analysis, but it is just one of the film's elements. The story, pacing and characters/actors are entertaining taken together. Not sure if the writer intended to be satirical in writing the script which is hilarious in today's gender perspectives. Almost choke on the popcorn hearing this gem a bit past half way through: "We both know that the mind of a woman in love is operating on the lowest level of the intellect."

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Onewhoissaved
Dec 01, 2019

Spellbound is perhaps the ultimte Hitchcock film. Please watch the supplements where the critiques and others describe the psychoanalysis aspect of not just this film but of America itself. I wasn't as impressed with Gregory Peck as I was with all the other actors. But Peck didn't get in their way nor did he insist upon focusing on himself. He was only 29-years-old and had not established himself as star. I've seen this film before and am thankful that it was filmed in black and white instead of color. Color would only have detracted from the character and plot development. Actor Leo G. Caroll appeared in a key roll in six Hitchcock films.

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PolarBear_0
May 23, 2019

Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman were having an affair during the making of this movie and you can definitely tell.

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candlesticktroughs
Jul 29, 2018

It may be that ' Strictly Confidential' is no longer around these parts, being as it was way back in 2015 he or she commented on this film: i liked that person's comment just now, as he/she mentioned the Salvador Dali part of the film, which was a big newsmaker at the time, as he was a famous artist. I thought the Dali portion did more to explain the film than the rest of the film, although to say it needed to be 20 minutes long, is a tad on the absurd side.

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ThomasJWhiting
Jul 27, 2018

GOOD 1945 film dealing with emergence of psychoanalytical therapy, etc. Fun to see Gregory Peck at age 29. Ingrid Bergman is also a fun watch - sometimes you can hear a tiny bit of her Swedish background in her English lines. And more fine film music by Miklos Rozsa who included some theremin which contributed to the eerie flavor of the film.

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CurlyWhirly
Mar 13, 2018

For anyone who firmly believes that Alfred Hitchcock couldn't direct a dud - Just watch Spellbound. It's so bad that it's almost laughable. It's a real embarrassment on all counts.

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ba_library
Feb 11, 2018

Spellbound was a bit different from the other Hitchcock films I have watched. The film starts with Gregory Peck (Dr. Edwardes) reporting as head psychiatrist at a mental institution in Vermont where Ingrid Bergman (Constance Peterson) is also a psychiatrist—of course, they immediately fall in love! Only problem, Dr Edwardes seems to have some psychological issues himself – he gets woozy and is terrified of dark lines on a white backgrund. He has amnesia; other doctors begin to suspect the worst of him, but Constance believes he is mentally blocking something from his childhood memory and she is determined to help him. Peck has assumed the identity of Dr. Edwardes in his paranoid amnesia state and he cannot recall his past or even his real name. Bergman and her friend/mentor decide to analyze his dreams which he can remember, but doesn’t understand their meaning. Salvador Dali created the dream sequence in the film which adds to the bizarre factor of the film and we eventually find out what happens to the real Dr. Edwards and how Peck's character got involved. Bergman and Peck are great and the story is interesting (see other comments below many did not care for this Hitchcock film) worth watching if you have not seen this film (and decide whether it is a worthy Hitchcock contribution). Perhaps I found it intriguing because I am one of those people who does not dream and after watching this, probably glad I do not!

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JuanAntonioSamaraj
Dec 12, 2017

Interesting for a viewer who is into psychological analysis and dream visions and so forth. The ultimate solution to "where is Dr. Edwardes?", as revealed at the end really doesn't make much sense. It is very far fetched to imagine how things were planned out and allowed to happen... Also I don't much care for Gregory Peck as an actor. To me he's the Kevin Costner of the 1930s/1940s, tall and handsome but always seeming to play the same generic guy and without any special qualities or charisma, unlike Bogart, Gable, Grant, Tracy, etc....

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jimg2000
Jul 08, 2020

The opening title cards:

Our story deals with psychoanalysis, the method by which modern science treats the emotional problems of the sane.

The analyst seeks only to induce the patient to talk about his hidden problems, to open the locked doors of his mind.

Once the complexes that have been disturbing the patient are uncovered and interpreted, the illness and confusion disappear.... and the devils of unreason are driven from the human soul.
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I've done a great deal of research on emotional problems - and love difficulties.
- Research, my eye. I've watched your work for six months. It's brilliant but lifeless. There's no intuition in it. You approach all your problems with an ice pack on your head.

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jimg2000
Jul 08, 2020

Women make the best psychoanalysts, till they fall in love. After that, they make the best patients.
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We both know that the mind of a woman in love is operating on the lowest level of the intellect.
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I'm not an analyst, not even a doctor. I'm not talking to you as one. But believe me, not what I say, but what I feel. The mind isn't everything. The heart can see deeper sometimes.
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I love you, but I'm not worth loving.
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Any husband of Constance is a husband of mine, so to speak.
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It's my subconscious putting up a fight. It doesn't want me cured.
-Exactly. It wants to continue enjoying your disease. Our job is to make you understand why. When you know why you're doing something that's bad for you and when you first started doing it. Then you can begin curing yourself.
You mean I've been telling you lies?
-The usual proportion.

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jimg2000
Jul 08, 2020

I know why you came in.
-Why?
Because something has happened to us.
-But it doesn't happen like that, in a day.
It happens in a moment sometimes. I felt it this afternoon. It was like lightning striking. It strikes rarely.
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I can't remember anything. Except that I love you.
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Will you love me just as much when I'm normal?
-I'll be insane about you.
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I've always loved very feminine clothes, but never quite dared to wear them. But I'm going to after this, I'm going to wear exactly the things
that please me.
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It is very sad to love and lose somebody. But in a while, you'll forget, and you will take up the threads of your life where you left off not so long ago and you will work hard. There's lots of happiness in working hard. Maybe the most.

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jimg2000
Jul 08, 2020

Poets are dull boys, most of them, but not especially fiendish. But they keep filling people's heads with delusions about love, writing about it as if it were a symphony orchestra, a flight of angels.
- Which it isn't, eh?
Of course not. People fall in love, as they put it, because they respond to a certain hair coloring, or vocal tones or mannerisms that remind them of their parents. Or sometimes, for no reason at all. But that's not the point. The point is that people read about love as one thing and experience it as another. They expect kisses to be like lyrical poems and embraces to be
like Shakespearean dramas.
-And when they find out differently, then they get sick and they have to be analyzed, eh?
Yes, very often.
-Professor, you're suffering from mogo on the go-go.
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You were overworked.
-A charming diagnosis for a broken-down horse.

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

Dr. Alex Brulov: "Good night and happy dreams... which we will analyze at breakfast."

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