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A Double Life (1947)

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Original title: Double Life, A

Running Time
1 hour, 44 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Garson Kanin Productions

Studio Universal

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Other Titles
• A Double Life (1947)
• The Art of Murder
• Doppelleben, Ein (1949)
• Inspiration
• Mord in Ekstase (1949)

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Genre: Crime, Film-Noir, Drama, Murder, Suspense, Psychodrama, Role-switching, Melodrama, Disturbing

Plot: George Cukor's perfectly mannered direction confidently guides this brooding and cynical film noir that is considered by many the highlight of actor Ronald Colmanís career. A DOUBLE LIFE explores the dangers of blurring the line between reality and illusion in this examination of the schizoid personality of a talented stage actor who begins to confuse his role with his life. Colman gives a magnificent, mesmerizing performance as veteran thespian Anthony John, who begins to mentally derail during a run of OTHELLO. Johnís courtly manners and reputation have a winning charm that endear him to both audiences and women, including his ex-wife, Brita (Signe Hasso), who acts opposite him in the play, and Pat (Shelley Winters), a young, sexy waitress. However, the charming actor, like his stage character, appears capable of violent behavior. Colman's performance earned him an Academy Award as well as applause from critics and viewers. A DOUBLE LIFE was the first among many successful collaborations between Cukor and the screenwriting team of Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin.

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 Directed by
George Cukor
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 Written by
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