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A Double Life (DVD, 2003)

George Cukor, Ronald Colman | Rating: Not Rated
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George Cukor's perfectly mannered direction confidently guides this brooding and cynical film noir that is considered by many the highlight of actor Ronald Colman's 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. John's 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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  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 017153142037

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Genre:Dramas
Format:DVD

Director:George Cukor
Leading Role:Ronald Colman
eBay Product ID: EPID3426036

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"...Dark, tension-filled....A shadowy backstage tale..." -- Rating: A
Entertainment Weekly - Glenn Kenny (03/31/1995)

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Created: 11/01/08

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Review For: A Double Life (DVD, 2003)

Ronald Colman won the 1947 Best Actor Academy Award for this performance as Anthony John, a wonderful actor who immerses himself in all of his parts. But this time as Othello his immersion has gone too far.

Anthony is divorced from Brita (Signe Hasso), but she is still his leading lady in most of his productions. And they are still good friends. But she is worried about him. And yes, she should be.

Anthony has another acquaintance--Pat Kroll (Shelley Winters looking more beautiful than I have ever seen her), who is a waitress in an Italian restaurant. He visits her occasionally in her apartment, but one night he goes too far. Having visions of Othello murdering Desdemona, he murders Pat.

This movie is not believable now in the 21st Century. The police investigation centers almost immediately on Anthony even though no one even knows of his relationship to Pat. What gives him away is some violent behavior to his agent Bill Friend (Edmond O'Brien) and Bill's wondering if there could be some connection to Pat.

Although this movie is considered the highlight of Ronald Colman's career, I liked him better in "Random Harvest," which also deals with mental illness.

Besides Best Actor, this movie was also nominated for Best Director (George Cukor) and Best Screenplay (Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon). It only won one Oscar.

If your TV has close captioning, turn it on for subtitles. Otherwise, the movie does not permit subtitles.

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