The Dark Mirror
Directed by Robert Siodmak with Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres, Thomas Mitchell
1946, U.S. The Dark Mirror’s original story was nominated for an Oscar: Olivia de Haviland inhabits the roles of identical twin sisters, one of them identified by witnesses as responsible for a grisly murder. But which one? The police hope the psychiatrist (Ayres) they bring in to evaluate the manipulative women will help solve the crime… Preservation print by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, funded by The Film Foundation. NOT ON DVD!
“Siodmak, like his hero Lang, was adept at melding both [the noir and woman's picture genres], and The Dark Mirror is an unsettling hybrid work (not least in its lurches from comedy to romance to horror)." — Senses of Cinema
Noir Nights' Robert Siodmak double bill celebrates the legendary German émigré director, primary architect of the film noir genre. Among the most notable works in Siodmak’s noir cycle are the thrillers Cry of the City and The Dark Mirror, each prime examples of the Siodmak style. They are explorations of violence and criminality masterfully crafted with evocatively lit expressionist atmospheres—stories seething with psychological disturbance, murder and betrayal. Touted by “Hollywood oracles… as the new master of suspense” (Time Magazine) in the 1940s, Siodmak was described by Andrew Sarris in 1968 as an unsung director of seriousness and grace; today Siodmak’s name, though not as familiar as Hitchcock’s (the original master of suspense), is recognized by film lovers as a Hollywood great to be reckoned with.
The Dark Mirror
June 9 @ 6pm
June 12 @ 7:15pm
Bright Family Screening Room
$10. $7.50 for Members & Seniors. $5 for Students.
Black and White, 35mm