Director: Alfred Hitchcock Run Time: 111 min. Format: Digital Rating: NR Release Year: 1945
Starring: Gregory Peck, Leo G. Carroll, Michael Chekhov, Rhonda Fleming, Ingrid Bergman
Doctors in a mental hospital find themselves in a love story wrapped up in murder, amnesia, and psychoanalysis in Alfred Hitchock’s SPELLBOUND.
The doctors who run the mental hospital are the ones questioning sanity in Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological thriller Spellbound. When Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Gregory Peck) comes to replace the outgoing director at the Vermont mental hospital, it’s soon revealed that he is not who he says he is and, in fact, believes he is a murderer. That when psychoanalyst Dr. Constance Peterson (Ingrid Bergman) decides to assist Edwardes in seeking the truth and his innocence. They break beyond their institutional confines but what they discover is an intricate web of twisted identities and fever pitched delusions that puts them back where they started. Furthering its interest in Freudian dream analysis, artist Salvador Dali produced the film’s haunting surrealist dream sequence in which the “truth” is revealed.
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