26 October
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$20/$17

With dream sequences designed by Salvador Dali, and the eerie sound of the theremin to represent mental derangement, Spellbound plunges deep into a mysterious world of psychoanalysis.

Ingrid Bergman plays a psychiatrist so dedicated to her work that her colleagues refer to her as 'an iceberg'. The story invloves murder and a manhunt, but it is the awakening of Bergman to love that drives the film powerfully onwards.

Bergman's performance, delivered in lingering close-ups, is brilliantly detailed and engaging: her hesitancy to engage with a young man suffering from amnesia is riveting as she gradually opens her heart to him.

The film's producer, David Selznick and screenwriter, Ben Hecht were both deeply interested in psychotherapy, but one suspects that Hitchcock's primary fascination lay with the emotional anguish in the love story and the visual novelties of the dream sequences: these are filmed with an intensity that serves Bergman's performance magnificently. Miklos Rozsa's score is lush, romantic and one of his best works for cinema.

See more films in the Canberra International Film Festival 2019 at the NFSA.