The Dark Mirror (1946)

The Dark Mirror (1946)

Released: 1946
Genre: Crime, Drama, Genre
Director: Robert Siodmak
Starring: Thomas Mitchell, Lew Ayres, Olivia de Havilland, ,
Run time: 85 min
IMDb: 7.1/10
Country: USA
Views: 148988

Synopsis

Storyline:
A woman suspected of murdering her doctor boyfriend has an identical twin sister. When both twins have an alibi for the night of the murder, a psychiatrist is called in to assist a detective in solving the case. Through a series of tests, he discovers which twin actually committed the crime and in the course of his investigation he falls in love with the normal twin.
Written by
Neil Doyle <[email protected]>
User Reviews: Those were the days.Every director had his Freudian movie during the glorious forties:Hitchcock had " spellbound",Lang "secret beyond the door" Tourneur "cat people"…. and Siodmak "the dark mirror".and it stood the test of time quite well ,almost as much as the three works I mention above.Of course ,the film owes a lot to Olivia de Havilland’s sensational rendition,well half a century before Jeremy Irons’ "dead ringers" or Keaton’s "multiplicity".We run the whole gamut, as Siodmak brought out all his equipment :inkblood test, lie detector,mirror,and the whole kit.But De Havilland’s charisma -at a time when actresses mastered their audience-survives and remains intact.We often feel ill-at-ease when we do not know who we’re watching anymore(she plays twin sisters who are suspects in a criminal affair).De Havilland was perfect when it came to portraying ambiguous women (see also "My cousin Rachel")

Robert Siodmak had an eventful career:after his debut in Germany,he made some works in France ("Pi├Ęges" (1939) is the best and deserves to be watched)then came to America where he made remarkable thrillers ("the spiral staircase";"the killers").His career ended in Europa with interesting -but difficult to see- movies about Nazism ,but the only one of those late movies we can see now is "Katia" (1959),pure schmaltz

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