Alfred Hitchcock, USA 1945, 111 mins
A transcendent love story replete with taut excitement and startling imagery, Spellbound is classic Hitchcock, featuring stunning performances, an Academy Award-winning score by Miklós Rózsa, and a captivating dream sequence by Surrealist icon Salvador Dalí.” – Criterion.com
It is the story of a female psychiatrist who falls suddenly and desperately in love with a man upon whom the dark suspicion of murder is relentlessly cast. All of the circumstantial evidence indicates that he has taken the dead man’s place and is trying to assume his position – that is, until he prudently leaves. But the lady, with full and touching confidence in the intuitive rightness of her love, is convinced that her adored one is most truly a victim of amnesia. And so she follows him to his place in hiding, begins the bold attempt to unlock his mind and, always two jumps ahead of detectives, finally delves the gnawing secret of his past.
– Bosley Crowther, New York Times, 2 November 1945.