Spellbound (1945) was a Film Noir - Mystery Film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and produced by David O. Selznick.
The film was based on the novel The House of Dr. Edwardes written by Hilary St. George Sanders and John Palmer published in 1927.
Hitchcock's psychological mystery makes engrossing use of the contemporary fascination with Freudian analysis. It stars Bergman as a coolly intellectual analyst who grows to suspect that the new director of the institute (Peck) is not who he claims to be. As a bond of love grows between the two, Bergman is torn between her rational fear that Peck may be the murderer of the director they were expecting, and her heart telling her that he's an innocent man suffering an emotional trauma. As her love opens mental doors for Peck, the experience brings warmth to Bergman's character. The typical mystery-story chase sequence is here a search for clues in Peck's psyche. The production began with producer Selznick's interest in analysis. It features famous set pieces depicting Peck's mental state, including a dream sequence designed by surrealist artist Salvador Dali. The sequence (Dali created material for 22 minutes, nearly all of it cut) was directed by an uncredited William Cameron Menzies.
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Academy Awards 1945 --- Ceremony Number 18 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Supporting Actor
|Selznick International Pictures
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Dr. Alex Brulov: You grant me I know more than you, but on the other hand, you know more than me. Women's talk. Bah!
[after John has finally admitted that Dr. Edwardes fell off a cliff in a skiing accident and that he did not murder him]
Constance Petersen: Well, thank goodness it's all cleared up.
Det. Lt. Cooley: Well, not quite, Dr. Petersen. I'm afraid a bullet was found in the body.
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'Miklós Rózsa (I)' hated working with David O. Selznick.
The shot where the audience sees the killer's view down a gun barrel pointing at Peterson was filmed using a giant hand holding a giant gun to get the perspective correct.
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