Spellbound

American film noir, black-and-white, 1945, by Alfred Hitchcock, Language: English, Subtitles: Hungarian, 113'

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SCREENINGS

09.11. 17:30
Uránia National Film Theatre

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Screenplay by Ben Hecht, John Palmer
Director of photography: George Barnes
Music by Rózsa Miklós
Cast: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov, Leo G. Caroll, Rhonda Fleming, John Emery
Production: Selznick International Pictures, Vanguard Films

In this film, Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense born 120 years ago, takes us into the world of psychoanalysis. In the story, a new director is appointed to head a psychiatric clinic, although doubts are soon raised about his own identity. It appears that the dreams of Dr. Edwardes could lead to uncovering the truth of this situation, but who is able to interpret them correctly? The film is not only interesting because of the pairing of Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Peck, but also because the surreal dream scenes were actually devised by Salvador Dalí. The composer Miklós Rózsa was the first to ever use the theremin in film music; this instrument is an analogue synthesizer controlled by radio wave interference. The ground-breaking audio was worthy of an Oscar and the theremin has been used in many other movies since.