Sunday, March 02, 2014
Alfred Hitchcock's 1945 film, Spellbound a witty psychoanalytic, murder thriller
There are also some witty dialogues, which may not be palatable to the politically correct fundamentalists. One of the fellow doctors wooing Constance/Bergman tells her in response to her query whether he was making love to her, that embracing her seems to be embracing a textbook! Later, one of the senior doctor/analyst/friend of Constance tells Constance/Bergman and Peck/Edwardes that women are the best psychoanalysts before marriage and the best patients after.
When Constance/Bergman-Peck/Edwardes kiss each other at the station before boarding the train, the gateman watches them with bemusement that one of them is travelling and the other is bidding good-bye, and when they both enter the train, he asks whether both of them were travelling!
Hitchcock plays on the idea of guilt fantasy where two patients, including the Peck/Edwardes character believe that they have killed their father, giving a mocking touch to the silly and famous Oedipus complex! The psychoanalytical angle and the murder angle are there just to keep the story moving.
Ingrid Bergman is enchanting where she does not hide her emotions and coquetry, all done in such a disarming manner which one expects from Indian women and not from Europeans and Americans. Perhaps, Ingrid Bergman had an Indian soul!!
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