A Double Life

Starring: Ronald Colman Director: George Cukor
A Double Life
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1947
  • Label: Republic Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1947 - Best Actor: Ronald Colman
Academy Awards 1947 - Best Original Score: Miklos Rozsa

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 03/31/1995
"...Dark, tension-filled....A shadowy backstage tale..." -- Rating: A

Product Description:

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 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 role with his life. Colman gives a magnificent, 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 young, sexy waitress. However, the charming actor, like his stage character, appears capable of violent behavior. Colman's performance earned him an Academy Award as well as applause from critics and viewers. A DOUBLE LIFE was the first among many successful collaborations between Cukor and the screenwriting team of Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin.

Plot Synopsis:

In what many at the time of its release considered the role of Ronald Colman's career (for which he won an Oscar) the matinee idol plays a veteran stage actor, who, while playing Othello, falls victim to the actors' malady of mixing roles with reality, a particularly dangerous affliction when playing the jealous Moor opposite one's wife. The film is a sharp, lovingly observed look at the acting life, presented by a team that knows whereof it speaks: the winning collaboration of writers Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon and director George Cukor.


Production Notes:

  • Theatrical release: February 20, 1948.
  • George Cukor used the old Empire Theater in New York City to shoot all the scenes that take place on stage.
  • Cukor had trouble working with Shelley Winters who apparently was sassy, inexperienced, and temperamental.
  • At the end of the shoot, Cukor gave Winters a bust of Colman and she gave him a box of pills for stomach pain and heartburn.
  • The film's initial title was the ART OF MURDER.

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  • Sales Rank: 79,822
  • UPC: 017153142037
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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