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Spellbound (1945) is a psychological mystery thriller produced by David O. Selznick and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film is an adaptation of the novel The House of Dr. Edwardes (1927) by Francis Beeding. Hitchcock creates an absorbing tale of psychiatrist, Constance Peterson, who tries to uncover the truth of Edwardes' imposture, John Ballentine, with whom she falls madly in love with. Ballentine is accused of the murder and identity theft of Edwardes, who is appointed to be the new head of a mental asylum. Little do the viewers know, Ballentine, himself doesn't know his identity, and he accepts the fact that he killed Edwardes without recalling the incident. It turns out that the character of Ballentine is complex and with the use of psychoanalysis, Freudian dream analysis, Peterson, with the help of Dr. Alex, is able to reveal the truth behind the peculiar mystery. As the plot unfolds, viewers perceive the emergence of repetitive themes: a female doctor in a male dominated world, Freud and psychoanalysis with the use of a Dali dream, all of which play a critical role in this unique film especially in the 1940s after World War II.