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caused major contention between Alfred Hitchcock and producer David O. Selznick. Hitchcock'scontract with Selznick began in March 1939, but only resulted in three films:
(1947) being the other two. (
was sold to RKO in mid-production.) Selznick wanted Hitchcock tomake a movie based upon Selznick's own positive experience with psychoanalysis. Selznick even brought in histherapist, May Romm M.D., who was credited in the film as a technical adviser. Dr. Romm and Hitchcock clashedfrequently.
Further contention was caused by the hiring of surrealist artist Salvador Dalí to conceive certain scenes of mentaldelusion. Hitchcock himself had very little to do with the actual filming of the dream sequence. Selznick thought thatit was not Dalí's fault, for his work was much finer and much better for the purpose than he ever thought it would be,and although much of Dalí's work was used, one dream sequence depicting Bergman turning into a statue of theRoman goddess Diana was cut. Ingrid Bergman is quoted in the Hitchcock biography
The Dark Side of Genius
(1983) by Donald Spoto that the Dalí sequence ran for almost 20 minutes before it was cut by Selznick.
The cut footage apparently no longer exists, although some production stills have survived in the Selznick archives.Eventually Selznick hired William Cameron Menzies, who had worked on
Gone With the Wind
, to oversee the setdesigns and to direct the sequence.The film boasts an orchestral score by Miklós Rózsa notable for its pioneering use of the theremin, performed by Dr.Samuel Hoffmann. Selznick originally wanted Bernard Herrmann but when Herrmann became unavailable, Rózsawas hired, winning the Academy Award for his score.
Although Rózsa considered
to contain some of his best work, he said "Alfred Hitchcock didn't like the music - said it got in the way of his direction. I never sawhim since."
was filmed in black and white, except for one or two frames of bright red at the conclusion, when a gunis fired into the camera. This red detail was deleted in most 16mm and video formats, but was restored for the film'sDVD release and airings on Turner Classic Movies.
Intrada Records released an album of a re-recording by the Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra of the film's completescore . The album featured music not heard in the finished film.