Monday, August 6, 2012


Released Date: December 28, 1945
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Actors: Ingrid Bergman, Gregory Peck, Michael Checkhov, Leo G. Carroll, Rhonda Fleming, John Emery, Norman Lloyd, and Bill Goodwin

     A little fact to give you outside of this movie is, is that Alfred Hitchcock was knighted one year before his death. And I'm guessing that you never hear him being called Sir Alfred Hitchcock because of that fact. But a little fact about the film is that this is one of the first Hollywood pictures to deal with psychoanalysis. The dream sequence in this movie is designed by the artist, Salvador Dali. He was a huge artist around this time and wanted a certain amount of money for each sequence. Because Alfred Hitchcock wanted to work with him so badly, he agreed to that amount. The expense was costing a pretty penny, but totally worth it. There is snow falling in this movie, and they used cornflakes for snowfall. That is also how you get the crunch sound while the actor on screen is walking.

     This picture follows Dr. Constance Peterson (Ingrid Bergman) who works at the Green Manors mental hospital in Vermont. The Dr. is very interested in her work and loves working and learning under the head of the institution, Dr. Murchison (Leo G. Carroll). They get a call that they will be getting a Dr. in that also wrote a psychoanalysis research book. They expect someone older and when Dr. Edwards (Gregory Peck) arrives, they are very shocked about how young the Dr. is. Dr. Peterson is very intrigued by his good looks. They go out one day, on a little date for a picnic during their lunch break. They soon fall in love, but Dr. Peterson learns that Dr. Edwards has fears of his own. He also blames himself for something he obviously did not do. He is afraid of snow and needs help fast. Will Dr. Peterson rid him of this terrible guilt complex? Is he the famous author of the psychoanalysis research book that he claims is his own?

     Ingrid Bergman said she learned a lot from this wonderful director. One day on set she said to Hitch about playing a certain part: "I don't feel like that, I don't think I can give you that kind of emotion" and Hitchcock brilliantly said "Fake it!!" She never forgot that and remembered it for the rest of her acting career. 

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