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George Cukor's perfectly mannered direction confidently guides this brooding and cynical film noir that is considered by many the highlight of actor Ronald Colman's great career. A Double Life explores the dangers of blurring the line between reality and illusion in this examination of the schizoid personality of a talented stage actor who begins to confuse his roles with his life. Colman gives a magnificent and mesmerizing performance as veteran thespian Anthony John, who begins to mentally derail during a run of Othello. John's courtly manners and reputation have a winning charm that endear him to both audiences and women, including his ex-wife, Brita (Signe Hasso), who acts opposite him in the play, and Pat (Shelley Winters), a sexy waitress he befriends. Colman's performance earned him a Best Actor Academy Awardr and Golden Glober. Mikl¢s R¢zsa also won an Oscarr for his vivacious score and the film's director and screenwriters, Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin all received Oscarr nominations. Edmond O'Brien co-stars as the company's producer who's secretly in love with Brita.
Powerful idea, with some fine moments and a wonderful script. But the whole thing fails with the casting of Colman as Othello. Come on. Read morePublished 7 days ago by librich
what a fine old film. intriguing story, good writing, good acting. i can see why coleman got the award.Published 4 months ago by T. Jackson
The movie is terrific: beautiful writing, characterization, magnificent acting by Ronald Colman.
I do wish that the DVD had been louder, in order to hear Colman's wonderful... Read more
Great performance by Ronald Colman. Sharp transfer to Blu ray. I wasn't familiar with Othello, but that didn't get in the way of enjoying this film.Published 10 months ago by Ramin
love old movies, Ronald Coleman was excellent and I love the young Shelley WintersPublished 13 months ago by Kenneth Traylor
A DOUBLE LIFE proved beyond doubt the quality of Ronald Colman as a screen actor. As Anthony John, the Broadway star whose characterization of Othello eventually consumes him, he... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dr. Laurence Raw