(*homocinematically inclined)

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Out of the Celluloid Closet: Spellbound

By the time a certain brilliant psychoanalyst shows up in Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound, it is apparent that this one plays more like a Hitchcock wannabe then an actual Hitchcock film. All the stilted psychobabble and dated sexism doesn't help matters.

However, enlivening the proceedings is Dr. Alexander Brulov (played by German acting teacher Michael Chekhov in an Oscar nominated performance). Dr. Brulov is a confirmed bachelor (married to his work, you could say) who is enamored by his former assistant Ingrid Bergman (aren't we all?).

Cinching the deal is his response upon meeting the husband of Ingrid's Dr. Constance Petersen, played by a baby-faced Gregory Peck: he tells the strapping young lad that "any husband of Constance is a husband of mine". He clarifies it with a "so to speak", but we know where's he coming from.

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