A Double Life (1947-1948)

US Artisan DVD edition


I had never heard about this film and even though, as the blurb on the sleeve says, that Ronald Colman won an Academy Award
for this role, it still seems to have been strangely forgotten. Ronald Colman, who's that guy, not an actor i've seen before, i think?

This is a Crime Drama from the theatre world of New York and it has got some great actors in it, aaaah, what a joy to behold some
really talented actors interact and create some cinematic magic for us viewers to enjoy.

Ronald Colman
is the eccentric Method actor and late middle-aged theatre actor Anthony John and he's Fantastic, just sublime,
and much deservedly won an Oscar Award for his portrayal of the unhinged Thespian.
Colman (1891-1958), a Brit, started out as a silent film actor and often acted in popular adventure movies, so i had never seen him
before watching this film. Strangely enough he only made a few films more after this success until his death.

Signe Hasso, our greatest Hollywood actress export regarding acting abilities, plays his ex-wife and co-player on the stage, and
she worries as she knows how deeply her ex-husband tends to immerse himself into his role figures.
Hasso, was a very fine Swedish character film- and theatre actress who had a slightly nervous and captivating intensity when
performing her roles and it's a pity that she's not that known today. She suffered the same fate as all great character actresses in
Hollywood i guess and only had smaller parts, and the big parts went to the Bimbos who sucked the producers cocks.

Miklos Rozsa was also awarded an Oscar for his soundtrack. Shelley Winters plays the waitress Pat, unlucky girl, and, we can
hear Signe Hasso (by mistake?) speak some Swedish too, ha, ha, just as Greta Garbo in her last film, the doomed comedy, as i
remember she fell of a bed and blurted "hoppsan", and that's the same as Oops!

Story: The Great actor Anthony John is about to play Othello, the tragic Moor in a theatre performance of the Shakespeare play
and he makes a huge success, but .... he has a tendency to really immerse himself in his roles and to stay in character even after
the curtains have fallen, and he finally starts to lose the grip on reality.
Presented in 4:3 fullscreen original ratio, black & white, english audio stereo

 

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