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4.0 out of 5 stars Strong performance by De Havilland elevates psychological thriller, 15 Nov 2012
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After a doctor is found murdered, the chief suspect is a woman (Olivia De Havilland) identified by several witnesses at the scene. But the detective (Thomas Mitchell) assigned to the case discovers that she has an identical twin sister (also De Havilland) which begs the question ..... which one is the murderess? The director Robert Siodmak (THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE) and De Havilland tip their hand fairly early in the film so that we know who the murderer is so the suspense comes from how will they find out and will they find out before she commits another killing. Siodmak provides the requisite moody atmosphere and De Havilland does an excellent job of differentiating between the two sisters, it's really one of her best performances. Lew Ayres is the psychiatrist who attempts to find out which is the twisted sister through psychological means and ends up falling in love with one of them. The screenplay is by Nunnally Johnson who would return to the subject again nine years later with THREE FACES OF EVE. The effective underscore is by Dimitri Tiomkin. With Richard Long and Ida Moore.

The Olive region one DVD is a handsome B&W transfer in the appropriate 1.33 aspect ratio.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The dark mirror, 3 Oct 2013
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Been searching for this film for years. Love old black and whites. Very nostalgic..the dark mirror is a good story about twins, one evil and one good .
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great edition of a classic thriller, 25 Aug 2013
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I love this film & only had a worn out TV recording so thanks a million, Amazon, for this truly excellent product.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 July 2014
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Excellent - delivered quickly and a brilliant movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars remastering needed, 20 Aug 2013
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decent copy of a good film thanks hoped it would have been remastered but still enjoyed the classic thriller four stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars i love the old films i loved it all i would recommend to everyone who likes old black and white films, 18 July 2013
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Miss J. Miller "cat woman" (england) - See all my reviews
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this is one of my faveret black and white films so glad you can still buy them i will deffenitly look for more i have a few on my wish list
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very watchable film, 20 Jan 2013
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An entertaining film with an obvious darker side as a murder is involved. A success also because of Olivia de Haviland.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lemon Drops and Dopplegangers., 17 Sep 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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The Dark Mirror is directed by Robert Siodmak and adapted to screenplay by Nunnally Johnson from a story by Vladimir Pozner. It stars Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell, Richard Long and Charles Evans. Music is by Dimitri Tiomkin and cinematography by Milton Krasner.

A man appears to have been murdered by one of the identical twin Collins sisters, but both of whom have an alibi. The police and the psychiatrist have their work cut out...

Straight out of the corner of postwar Hollywood that began to take fascination with mental illness, The Dark Mirror triumphs more as a technical exercise than as anything resembling thought provoking analysis. The simplistic Freudian elements aside, film is impressively mounted and performed by Siodmak and de Havilland respectively. Story follows the trajectory of a cat-and-mouse game, with the makers nicely putting us the viewers into the same struggle the authorities have in sussing out which sister is the damaged killer.

Siodmak's (The Spiral Staircase) attention to detail and grasp of mood setting really lifts the piece to greater heights. Aided by the considerable photographic skills of Krasner (The Set-Up), Siodmak creates a world of psychological disturbance, a place aligned with suspense and symbolism. Right from the doozy of an opening scene to the denouement, Siodmak manages to keep the contrivances to the rear of the play and let de Havilland and the visual textures be the prime focus.

The effects work is very good, with de Havilland having to quite often play off against herself. Sure in today's age of High Definition et al, you don't have to stretch your viewing experience to see how the effects were done, but why would you? Just enjoy de Havillland's riveting performances in the dual roles (see also her excellence in The Snake Pit two years later), her skillful little subtleties as she deftly plays out the respective psychological traits of sibling rivalry gone astray.

Is it a gimmick movie? Well no not really, it's honest about what it wants to achieve in terms of psychiatric observations and treatments. Yet lesser lights than Siodmak, Krasner and de Havilland would have struggled to make it work, especially as the romance angle in the screenplay nearly derails the requisite mood come the finale. Thankfully, in spite of some obvious negatives, it's still well worthy of viewing investment. 7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Mirror, 6 Jan 2013
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Mr. David Harvie "david harvie" (Glasgow uk) - See all my reviews
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Great to see this film,Starring Miss Olivia De Havilland ,The Dark Mirror,playing twin Sisters I had this movie awhile ago,but in had sub-titles,glad to see this dvd on general release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Mirror, 21 Feb 2010
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Mrs. J. Swift (Kent, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Dark Mirror [VHS] (VHS Tape)
This is a classic film which I watch often. If only it was available on DVD!
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