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Spellbound

Spellbound is a 1945 film which tells the story of the new head of a mental asylum, who turns out not to be what he claims to be. It stars Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Chekhov[?] and Leo G. Carroll.

The movie was adapted by Angus MacPhail[?] and Ben Hecht from the novel The House Of Dr. Edwardes by Francis Beeding[?]. It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock.

It won the Academy Award for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, and was nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Michael Chekhov), Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Director, Best Effects, Special Effects and Best Picture.

This movie was a major point of contention between Alfred Hitchcock and David O. Selznick. Selznick had Hithcock under contract, and directed him to make a movie based upon Selznick's experiences in psychoanalysis. Selznick even brought his therapist on board as the technical advisor. She and Hitchcock clashed frequently. Hitchcock also brought in artist Salvador Dali to conceive certain scenes of mental delusion, which Selznick hated.



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