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T500FC, 443rd: Spellbound (Alfred Hitchcock, 1945)

March.15.2011

The fault is not in our stars but in ourselves. This is  Spellbound, one of Alfred Hitchcock’s films that tackle the craziness of one’s mind. It stars Ingrid Bergman as the beautiful doctor and Gregory Peck as the troubled individual. In what seemed to be the usual subject matter nowadays, Spellbound was really interesting, especially in the year that this movie was shown, in terms of how a mind is dangerous in its own self.

Bergman is a psychoanalyst in mental hospital and the director of the said sanatorium had to go and enter Peck as the replacement. In what fate seemed to meet up the two individuals and to add that it was quite convenient for the instance, Bergman observes that there is something wrong with Peck. And with further investigation, she begins to unravel the so-called life of the new director, helping him in his illness and finding out that he was involved in a crime somehow.

I am surprised that Hitchcock had a film in this genre. The story was, of course, impressive as always, with the different plot twists, the viewer is definitely at toes and waits “impatiently” on the development of the movie. Whodunit was probably the term we are looking for in terms of the killer, if in case there was one.

This is one of the Hitchcock films that rely on the human mind as the main subject of the film. And what seemed to be a macguffin all throughout is definitely what Hitchcock, the master of horror and suspense granted. Sadly, such technique has been overused nowadays that there was a point in the film where I just impatiently waited for the climax of the film.

But despite what I said, and as I try to recall the important remnants and pieces of the film, I can attest that this film gave the viewers the suspense that they are looking for. And I have to say that this is still a thumbs up for me, much more to the fans of Hitchcock who is probably going to enjoy such film.

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