89 Days of Oscar Nominees – #15 – Spellbound (1945)


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In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 89 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 1 Dec 2016 and The 89th Annual Oscars on 26 Feb 2017.

Here is my 15th review of the 89 chosen Films…


spellbound

“Good night and sweet dreams… which we’ll analyze at breakfast.” – Dr. Alex Brulov

Number of Times Seen – 1 (14 Dec 2016)

Brief Synopsis – A psychiatrist helps a patient accused of murder while he tries to overcome his amnesia.

My Take on it – Here is yet another Hitchcock film that I can now cross off my list after finally seeing it.

This one has a really interesting plot because the main character has amnesia and cannot recall who he really is or whether he really committed the crimes he is accused of.

Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck are both great in the lead roles and they have very good chemistry.

Fortunately tho, they are both outdone by Michael Chechov who steals every scene he is in as Dr. Brulov because he has the best lines of dialogue that are both witty, wise and informative.

I really loved how they chose to use amnesia as the basis for the characters trying to decipher what happened and why.

In a way, this film seems like a prelude to films like Memento (2000).

Hitchcock does a wonderful job keeping the suspense going the whole time because you eally don’t know what could surprise as things progress.

Bottom Line – Bergman and Peck are both great here, but the best character is by far Dr. Brulov played by Michael Chekhov who is written so well. Love the idea that someone with amnesia trying to decipher what he did and who he is while be chased by the authorities.  Hitchcock keeps the suspense going throughout and you don’t really know what’s gonna happen as it moves along. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to Alfred Hitchcock’s biographer Donald Spoto, William Cameron Menzies was disappointed at what he believed to be the unappealing dream sequences and asked to remain uncredited for them. After the sequence’s success with press and public, Hitchcock was happy to take the credit for himself. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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