THRILLER: Spellbound (1945)

Spellbound (USA, 1945)
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Starring Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Carroll

Much of Alfred Hitchcock's work in the 1940s is characterised by his tempestuous working relationship with producer David O. Selznick. The period between 1940 and 1947 saw the continuous clash of these two almighty reputations - Hitchcock's being founded on his 1930s output, such as The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes, and Selznick's being based largely on the success of Gone With The Wind. The partnership's output varied greatly (Rebecca on the one hand, The Paradine Case on the other), with its greatest legacy being Hitch's experimental work in the late-1940s.
In an interview on the legacy of Hitchcock, Kim Newman described Spellbound as "the one that Selznick won"; he argued that Selznick's interest in psychoanalysis drove the project, whereas on Notorious Hitchcock had more room for manoeuvre to make the film as he wa…

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