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Hitchcock's Spellbound 1945.


How similar is it to Spellbound?

Gregory Peck also has amnesia in Spellbound and he tries to piece together the events that caused him to run from the law.
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That's about the end of the similarities.

I'm a huge Hitchcock fan, but I honestly like "Mirage" better than "Spellbound."

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Four plus years later - I agree. I prefer MIRAGE over SPELLBOUND. Less romance in the latter. Tougher film.

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I also prefered Mirage...but I always wondered why it was in Black & White...for Atmosphere??

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Well, I guess the Gregory Peck character witnesses a tragic death in both; otherwise, Mirage is really about corporate greed sucking away the best of intentions. Spellbound was about the mysteries of psychoanalysis (a popular movie topic back then).

I first saw Mirage on the old NBC Saturday Night at the Movies, probably a coupla years after it came out. I thought the Willard character was one of the scariest I'd seen & that Diane Baker was hot! Spellbound has its points (Ingrid Bergman, her old professor) & is I think one of the better Hitchcock productions of the 40s. I remember my folks saying that Mirage looked like a Hitchcock movie.

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A further similarity is that in both films, a key memory is triggered in a purely visual way. In Spellbound, the wdownward slope he's skiing triggers the memory of sliding down the banister of the stoop. In Mirage, seeing two men talking in a park triggers the memory of a similar recent event.

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The similarity between the two films was mentioned in a footnote in Francois Truffaut's interviews with Alfred Hitchcock "Hitchcock/Truffaut" published in 1967.

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