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Bergman is naturally wonderful in her role, and her accent adds a trace of mystery to an already suspenseful story. The portrayal of Dr. Murchison, the previous head of the asylum, is smooth, polished, and quite effective, and the actor portraying Constance's former mentor does a masterful job as a somewhat stereotypical pseudo-Freud blessed with a penchant for making remarks I found quite humorous. While Gregory Peck is also very good, he seems to go a little over the top at times when he is reacting to troubling stimuli. Hitchcock's direction is both innovative and masterful.Read more ›
It's an everyday tale of psychiatrists at work and play in and around the Green Manors Mental Asylum, which is suddenly disrupted by the arrival of the famous Dr Edwards (Gregory Peck), who no one from the institution has ever met or seen before - or have they?
There then follows a love affair with Ingrid Bergman, dramatic handwriting comparisons, escape from the police, drugged milk, Peck wielding a cut-throat razor, gigantic 'prop' hands, Peck skiing down a mountain whilst still wearing his lounge suit, a single frame of colour (red) and the famous Salvador Dali "dream" sequence which is satisfyingly like one of his paintings come to life.
Magnificent fun in a decent print at a very attractive price.
I was however disappointed to discover that while the film has been restored to its original pristine state, the sound leaves a lot to be desired.
I have poor hearing and strained to follow the dialogue, only to be knocked over the back of my chair by the teeth-rattling dramatic music that intruded at regular intervals.
The music is too loud and the film should have a subtitle option.
Pity really - I'd been looking forward to seeing it again.
The story revolves on the axis of psychoanalysis and maybe consentrates on the theme a little too much as Hitch was interested in the criminal mind. But it is obviously a classic Hitchcock and, contrary to another reviwer, has stood the test of time.
As for suspense, there are a number of obviouse occasions where it is being put to great use- With the gun at the end and the ski slope to name but two. And all through the movie there is a lingering shadow, or rather layer of dread that they may be found out before Peck is cured.
There are also some ingenuitive and ingenious Hitchcock moments; the milk glass and the flash of colour (in a black and white movie) as the gun is fired- from a great angle... plus Dali's dream sequence which is entrawling! Just one of those examples will definetly whet your apetite.
Ingrid Bergman is absolutly fantastic in this film; better, even, than in Notorious, and is a delight to watch. It will strike you straight away and she keeps it up throughout the entire picture.
Gregory Peck is, as always, a treat and matches Cary Grant as one of Hitchcock's top leading men.
The twists at the end are captivating and will get your pulse racing.
Maybe Hitchcock's most unusual U.S film and a must have for collectors and fans. It pairs well with the different but brilliant Notorious!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is surely one of Hitchcock's best movies!The acting of Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman is quite impressive and the story itself is very captivating! Read morePublished 5 months ago by Storm William
Great film - Hitchcock at his best the Dali dream sequence is one of the bestPublished 6 months ago by mark @wigan
This is a magnificent and gripping thriller. There are excellent performances by both Gregory Peck and Ingrid Bergman and the whole look of this film is terrific. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Stephen Harris