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Hitchcock and the Censors$
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John Billheimer

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780813177427

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813177427.001.0001

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Spellbound (1945)

Spellbound (1945)

(p.110) 13 Spellbound (1945)
Hitchcock and the Censors

John Billheimer

University Press of Kentucky

In one of the earliest films to depict the budding field of psychoanalysis, Alfred Hitchcock dealt with oversight from David O. Selznick’s personal psychiatrist as well as the Production Code. Both the psychiatrist and the censors found an abundance of erotic symbolism in the dream sequence created by Salvador Dal’, which was cut significantly in the final film. The Production Code office was also concerned about the suggestion of an illicit affair between psychiatrist Ingrid Bergman and her patient Gregory Peck, the new head of the asylum where much of the story takes place. The film did well at the box office, but its simplistic view of psychoanalysis has caused it to age poorly.

Keywords:   Alfred Hitchcock, Salvador Dal’, psychoanalysis, Ingrid Bergman, Production Code Administration, Gregory Peck, dream sequence, David O. Selznick, Spellbound

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