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Ingrid, Hitchcock, and Salvador Dali

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Cinémoi, is a fantastic movie channel. The other night they showed the 1961 film, Goodbye Again starring Ingrid Bergman and Anthony Perkins.  A year after his 1960 performance in Psycho, he played not a psychopathic killer,  but it felt like a prequel of sorts. His role in this film was of an immature, possessive-boy who falls hopelessly in love with the 40-year-old Paula played by film legend, Ingrid Bergman. His performance earned him best actor award at the 1961 Cannes Film Festival.  It’s a love story, showing love in all it’s complexities. Most of the filming takes place in Paris. The character Paula is a highly successful businesswoman who is madly in love with tall-dark-and-handsome-player, Roger. After five years of dating, their relationship is open as far as Roger is concerned. In walks the 24-year-old lawyer, Perkins, whose life mission is to persuade Paula their age difference doesn’t matter. The double standards, the games people play, the melodrama, the outcome–it’s a satisfying film to watch. One of the high points of the film is a cameo by Diahann Carroll whose sultry voice and advice to the young Phillip, “Love Is Just A Word” is a welcome respite from the plot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcFScNiJNWM

This video is gorgeous. Try it, you’ll like it.

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Did you know that Salvador Dali did the set design (the dream sequences) in Alfred Hitchcock’s psychological mystery thriller, Spellbound (1945)?  It’s not surprising considering the film’s premise is about psychoanalysis and Dali is a surrealist whose reoccurring theme are dreamscapes.

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In Spellbound, Dr. Constance Petersen is a psychoanalyst at a New England mental hospital. She is devoid of emotion according to her male peers. The director of the hospital, Dr. Murchison, is forced into retirement shortly after returning from an absence due to nervous exhaustion. His replacement is the handsome, young Dr. Anthony Edwardes played by Gregory Peck.

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Dr. Petersen notices that there is something strange about Dr. Edwardes. He has a peculiar phobia about lines and the color white. They fall in love, and she is determined to cure his amnesia and prove his innocence. Please forgive the Vermont ski scene with special effects that are no match for today’s technology. Instead, focus on Dali’s very, very cool film set. Hitchcock’s camera angles are great. For example, notice the repeating doors opening signifying Dr. Edwardes mind is opening up to possibilities. Oh, and the gun at the climax. It’s love that saves the day. I don’t want to ruin the plot if you haven’t seen the film. This Hitchcock film is right up there with Notorious and North by Northwest and Rear Window.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzxlbgPkxHE

Watch the film scene designed by Dali. Very eerie and original for 1945.

What’s your favorite Hitchcock film? Psycho? Vertigo? The Birds?