Rent The Dark Mirror (1946)

3.6 of 5 from 72 ratings
1h 25min
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Synopsis:
Olivia de Havilland stars in a dual role 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 siblings. At first the duo seem physically and emotionally similar but soon subtle nuances begin to differentiate their personalities. In a tour-de-force performance De Havilland's fine acting peels away the layers of emotionalism that define each sister's character traits.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Nunnally Johnson
Writers:
Nunnally Johnson, Vladimir Pozner
Studio:
Blackhorse Entertainment
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/11/2012
Run Time:
85 minutes
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
DVD Regions:
Region 0 (All)
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/11/2017
Run Time:
85 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.37:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Commentary by film historian Adrian Martin
  • Noah Isenberg on The Dark Mirror, the author and scholar provides a detailed analysis of the film The Dark Mirror (1950), a condensed radio play adaptation starring Olivia de Havilland
  • International Poster Gallery
  • Trailer for Siodmak's other 1946 film noir, 'The Killers'

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Reviews (2) of The Dark Mirror

Enjoyable thriller. - The Dark Mirror review by BC

Spoiler Alert
21/08/2020

Enjoyable thriller with many twists and turns. A fine performance from Olivia de Havilland playing a set of identical twins, one of whom is a murderer.

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Good twin/bad twin noir. - The Dark Mirror review by Steve Mason

Spoiler Alert
14/02/2021

One of many film noirs after WWII that dealt with psychotherapy, and a smaller subgenre that used the good twin/bad twin motif as the subject for melodrama. The rather schematic plot begins with a murder of a doctor. Ruth Collins (both siblings are played by Olivia de Havilland) is suspected, but when her identical sister Terry also becomes known to the cops and neither will confess which one doesn't have an alibi, the police are checkmated. So twin expert Dr. Elliott (Lew Ayres) takes an interest. He falls in love with one sister, and diagnoses the other as a dangerous... schizophrenic!

 It's a screwy story, but fabulous entertainment, expertly assembled by Siodmak, and his cinematographer Milton R. Krasner, who photographs the twins together in the same frame magnificently and keeps the outré concept as realistic as possible.

Krasner was an auspicious noir photographer over many films. The shots of the disturbed twin in the (dark) mirror are very effective and the film is a technical tour de force. There aren't many shadows, I guess because they would have been difficult to match if the frame was subject to multiple exposure. It's still an atmospheric film though, with music by celebrated composer Dimitri Tiomkin.

De Havilland came out of the war transformed as an actor, studied the Method, and she's very subtle as the divided twins, and the divided killer. This was the first of a trio of films for her playing a psychologically disturbed character, followed byThe Snake Pit (1948), and The Heiress (1949). Scriptwriter Nunnally Johnson would later return to the field with The Three Faces of Eve (1957). All are fine films.

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