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The Dark Mirror [DVD][1946]

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  • Actors: Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell, Richard Long
  • Directors: Robert Siodmak
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Cornerstone Media
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006VIJYCK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,133 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This 1946 film Dark Mirror stars Olivia de Havilland as twin sisters, one of whom has committed a murder. Since each twin can provide an alibi for the other, a rumpled detective (Thomas Mitchell) and a handsome shrink (Lew Ayres) are compelled to get to the truth, a task not made easy by the sisters. At first the twins seem physically and emotionally similar. Subtle nuances differentiate their personalities and it is De Havilland's fine acting that peels away the layers of emotionalism that define each sister's character traits. De Havilland, aided by keen camera work by Siodmak, keeps viewers on edge as she shifts roles within frames that are shared by both sisters.

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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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A wonderful noir picture with a very improbable noir heroine. A very good plot and I am surprised that in those days trick photography could come out so well and be so invisible. I tried very hard to see how it was done but couldn't make it out. I guessed who the bad twin was very early on but then came to doubt, sometime later, whether I was wrong.

I recommend this to anyone who likes proper movies (instead of this bilge we get nowadays) and really good female acting.
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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?
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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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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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Terrifically enjoyable and well-made double dose of Olivia de Havilland is not best presented in this 'Cornerstone Media' release, which is a soft transfer of an average print. The Region 1 version is possibly better.
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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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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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