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249 Ratings

The Snake Pit

Directed by Anatole Litvak
United States, 1948


Virginia Cunningham finds herself in a state insane asylum…and can’t remember how she got there. In flashback, her husband Robert relates their courtship, marriage, and her developing symptoms.

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The Snake Pit Directed by Anatole Litvak

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1949 | 2 wins including: Best Actress (International Award)

Academy Awards

1949 | Winner: Best Sound, Recording

1949 | 5 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1948 | 2 wins including: Best Actress

Directors Guild of America

1949 | Nominee: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures

Critics reviews

It’s all a bit Psych 101 in its approach, further reinforced by the portrait of Sigmund Freud on Dr. Kik’s wall that looms high in the middle of the frame, paternally gazing down upon the doctor and Virginia during each of their sessions. But de Havilland’s emotionally expressive performance is so tightly controlled that she carries the film through many of its weaker stretches.
May 08, 2019
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