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Classic thriller directed by Robert Siodmak

Classic thriller directed by Robert Siodmak

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A man is stabbed to death, and all the signs are that his lover Terry Collins (Olivia de Havilland, Gone with the Wind) is the culprit. But it s impossible for Lieutenant Stevenson (Thomas Mitchell, Stagecoach) to prove this, as Terry has an identical twin sister, Ruth, and there s no way of demonstrating which one has the cast-iron alibi.

From this gimmicky premise, director Robert Siodmak (The Spiral Staircase, The Killers) and producer/screenwriter Nunnally Johnson (The Woman in the Window) fashion a fascinatingly complex psychological film noir, as a psychologist (Lew Ayres, All Quiet on the Western Front) with a specialist interest in twins is brought in to help solve the crime. Delving deep into the persona of each sister, he finds himself falling in love with Ruth, which simultaneously helps him garner a better understanding of the twins' relationship while also putting himself in considerable peril.

With the aid of seamless special effects devised by Eugen Schüfftan (Metropolis), Olivia de Havilland gives a virtuoso performance as both sisters, only revealing their clashing personalities when they're alone together: one warm and loving, the other malevolent.

A man is stabbed to death, and all the signs are that his lover Terry Collins (Olivia de Havilland, Gone with the Wind) is the culprit. But it s impossible for Lieutenant Stevenson (Thomas Mitchell, Stagecoach) to prove this, as Terry has an identical twin sister, Ruth, and there s no way of demonstrating which one has the cast-iron alibi.

From this gimmicky premise, director Robert Siodmak (The Spiral Staircase, The Killers) and producer/screenwriter Nunnally Johnson (The Woman in the Window) fashion a fascinatingly complex psychological film noir, as a psychologist (Lew Ayres, All Quiet on the Western Front) with a specialist interest in twins is brought in to help solve the crime. Delving deep into the persona of each sister, he finds himself falling in love with Ruth, which simultaneously helps him garner a better understanding of the twins' relationship while also putting himself in considerable peril.

With the aid of seamless special effects devised by Eugen Schüfftan (Metropolis), Olivia de Havilland gives a virtuoso performance as both sisters, only revealing their clashing personalities when they're alone together: one warm and loving, the other malevolent.

Extras

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation transferred from original film elements
  • Uncompressed mono 1.0 PCM audio soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Commentary by film historian Adrian Martin
  • Noah Isenberg on The Dark Mirror, the author and scholar provides a detailed analysis of the film
  • The Dark Mirror (1950), a condensed radio play adaptation starring Olivia de Havilland
  • International poster gallery
  • Trailer for Siodmak's other 1946 film noir, The Killers
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow

Additional Info

Additional Info

SKU 5027035019345
Catalogue Number FCD1765
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1946
Director Robert Siodmak
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) Arrow Academy
Countries USA
Aspect ratio 1.37:1
Colour Black & White
Sound Uncompressed mono 1.0 PCM
Subtitles English Hard of Hearing
Language(s) English
Running time 85 min
Blu-ray region A, B, C
Certificate PG

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