2 Spellbound

Les LeVeque

1999 | 00:07:30 | United States | English | B&W | Stereo | 4:3 |

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Image Processing

2 Spellbound is a frame-by-frame re-editing of Alfred Hitchcock’s 111-minute psychoanalytic thriller (1945) into a seven-and-a-half-minute dance video. Converting narrative suspense into visual velocity and exploiting the symmetry of Hitchcock’s camera by reversing every other frame, 2 Spellbound generates a hallucination of transference—an ecstatic dance where bodies and identities intermingle and shift.

“Normal forgetting takes place by way of condensation. In this way, it becomes the formation of concepts. What is isolated is perceived clearly.”

—Sigmund Freud, The Psychology of Everyday Life (The Standard Edition of the Complete Psychological Works of Sigmund Freud, vol. VI), 1903

This title is also available on Les LeVeque Videoworks: Volume 2.

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Prizes + Awards

Silver Spire Award, San Francisco International Film Festival, 2000

Exhibitions + Festivals


Athens Int'l Film/Video Festival (OH), 2003