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3.7
2,315 Ratings

Spellbound

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United States, 1945
Film noir

Synopsis

When the new head of a mental institution is revealed to be an imposter, he confesses that he may also be responsible for murder. Convinced of his innocence, a psychoanalyst helps to uncover the cause of his amnesia.

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Spellbound Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1946 | 5 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

1946 | Winner: Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

Critics reviews

The atmosphere of this film creeped me out as a kid. Now, it looks like a very silly, flimsy, melodramatic picture, whose conversations of Freudian psychoanalytic detective work aren’t too far removed from the pseudo-science of a 50s monster movie. But the form is strong, and with the involvement of Bergman, Selznick, and Dali, it’s Canonical by default. If only it latched onto the irrationality under the surface.
June 25, 2017
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The film is standard, possibly even sub-par Hitchcock fare, though its influence over many of Hitchcock’s later masterpieces is obvious. Just as Hitchcock’s collaboration with Selznick for REBECCA (1940) influenced some of his best films, so, too, does SPELLBOUND inform Hitchcock’s more subtle utilization of psychodrama in films such as REAR WINDOW (1954) and VERTIGO (1958).
April 04, 2014
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