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