Homage to Hitchcock - Spellbound (1945)
Here’s where the Hitchcock ‘purists’ might start a pig pile with me on the bottom of it. Spellbound is considered an inferior movie to Foreign Correspondent, which, again, does not appear on this top twenty blog.
If it makes any of you feel any better, I’ll put Spellbound at number 20 and Foreign Correspondent at number 21 and lie to you.
They tied and it came down to a coin flip!
Now, shut up.
As promised, after the article on Lifeboat, a nod to Salvador Dali for this particular film.
Actually, Spellbound makes the top 20 because of Salvador Dali. The story, a passably decent sleight-of-hand thriller moves up several levels because of Hitch’s insistence on a surreal dream sequence that supposedly gets to the heart of Gregory Peck’s memory lapses. It’s another diversion by the insidiously evil Leo G, Carroll, but it is one of the most visually beautiful sequences in film-making history. And Hitch owes it to Salvador. With him, the movie is an afterthought in the canon.
After this all-too-brief interlude (the scene was cutdown for the release of the movie) of the dream sequence, the movie descends into some laughable sessions of ‘modern’ therapy, eventually leading the exposure of …
… you know the deal. Watch the movie. You will be happy that you did, especially after observing the Dali art direction.
Oh, and Ingrid Bergman in a nightgown.
Next! Notorious (1946), and Ingrid Bergman in a nightgown.