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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Spellbound trivia...



Our After the news at Noon series this month is "Spellbound" music about witches, enchantment, goblins, gnomes, devils and all things leading up to a celebration of Halloween.

Today, while playing a portion of Rosza's score for the Hitchcock film, "Spellbound"  I mentioned the large cuts made to Salvador Dali's Dream/Hypnosis Sequence.   (The sequence initially ran 20 minutes on it's own, and it's a loss to film and art that a copy of the full sequence was not saved... but editing is the essence of film art.) 

At the bottom of this blog post you will find photos from the deleted sequence:  Bergman as a greek statue come to live, and ballroom with grand pianos suspended from the ceiling with chamber musicians on top of them!
http://theblondeatthefilm.com/2014/01/15/spellbound-1945/

I'm not endorsing the blog (and have to be a bit curious as to whether the blog posted has rights to all these photos), but while I've seen some of the Bergman photos deleted from the dream sequence, this is the first time I've found/seen any photos of the deleted ballroom scene.

I hope you enjoy this little trivia tidbit along with the music!
Kara Dahl Russell

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