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Movies: Spellbound

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The mind of a woman in love is operating on the lowest level of intellect.

Following my Roman Holiday post, I became so entranced with Gregory Peck that I decided to check out some of his other movies and came across Spellbound. I’d heard of Ingrid Bergman from Casablanca (which I should watch soon) and did some research on the movie. Spellbound is in the mystery, suspense, and thriller genre, completely opposite from the romantic comedy essence of Roman Holiday. Plus, I knew that no other leading lady could ever replace the chemistry and emotions I’d felt while watching Audrey Hepburn act with Gregory Peck. Nonetheless, I decided to give it a watch.

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Ingrid Bergman plays Dr. Constance Petersen, a top-notch psychiatrist who is known for having a heart of ice around her co-workers. That is, until Gregory Peck’s character comes along. He claims himself to be the new director of the hospital, Dr. Anthony Edwards. However, it is soon revealed that he is actually a man suffering from amnesia, and has grown to believe that he’d murdered the real Dr. Edwards. Bergman’s character believes that he is innocent, and goes through a series of obstacles in order to help him regain his memory.

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Of course, there is romance involved. But this movie is so filled with suspense and thrill that it’s hardly even worth mentioning. There are many psychiatric aspects involved, a sense eeriness that makes you jump out of your seat when the music rises in crescendo. The ending was amazing. I shall not spoil anything but the ending got me speechless.

Roman Holiday remains as my favorite old movie, but Spellbound wasn’t so bad either. The two are completely different in every aspect, after all. I also watched Rebel Without a Cause (because of James Dean, of course) this past weekend and might write up on that also. Because how can I resist not writing about James Dean?

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Movies: Roman Holiday

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This black and white rom-com will leave you smiling, laughing, and, inevitably, crying. Starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

While reading “These Few Precious Days”, I learned that Audrey Hepburn had actually had a small fling with JFK, due to his interest in Hollywood actresses. In the excerpt, it was mentioned that she was rising in fame due to her movie “Roman Holiday”. Curious, I looked up the movie and found out that the male lead was Gregory Peck. I’d distinctly remembered him in “To Kill A Mockingbird” and was excited to know that two stunning actors had starred in an old movie together! So of course I had to watch it!

I’ve never been one to watch black and white movies for fun, but perhaps this whole Kennedy and 50’s and 60’s obsession of mine is leading towards it. And I’m glad that I watched it because it really is such a heartwarming and amazing movie.

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Audrey Hepburn stars as Ann, a sheltered princess who dreams about being free and seeing the world.

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Gregory Peck stars as a news reporter who is in desperate need of a cover story. When these two opposites meet by chance, things will never be the same.

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And am I the only one who is just in love with this picture like they just look so happy and adoring and I just cannot contain my feels. I am hoping to find more movies like these because I think I am in love with old movies now.

Yeah I was definitely born in the wrong decade.