Spellbound starring Ingrid Bergman


The staff of a posh mental asylum eagerly awaits the arrival of their new director. However, trouble begins when the man in question turns up, and bespectacled psychiatrist Ingrid Bergman discovers Gregory Peck is not the famous visiting shrink, Dr. Edwardes, but instead a traumatized amnesiac with a shady past. Against her better judgment, the concerned doctor finds herself falling hopelessly in love with the mysterious stranger. But is Peck a victim of circumstance or the missing doctor’s killer? And can Bergman’s psychoanalytic efforts unlock his dangerous secrets, or will she become the next victim? In this doozy of a psychological thriller, director Alfred Hitchcock tackles Freudian territory as well as repressed memories (ably abetted by Surrealist Salvador Dali, who designed the startling – and justifiably famous – dream sequence) and seamlessly blends the elements into a romantic and suspenseful spellbinder. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director, composer Miklós Rózsa won the Oscar for his memorably eerie, Theremin-laced score. (Dir. by Alfred Hitchcock, 1945, USA, 111 mins., Not Rated) Digital