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A Double Life [Import]

Ronald Colman , Edmond O'Brien , George Cukor    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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4.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten gem. April 21 2004
Format:DVD
I first saw Ronald Colman in the 1937 film "Lost Horizon" and I was immediately impressed with his acting ability, primarily his use of subtlety and gesture. His type of acting is extremely rare by todays standards, where the stories are more likely to contain rapid, complex camera shots and special effects to propel the plot. But back in the Silver Screen era it was all about a tight script and excellent acting. That is what we have here, with a particularly potent performance given by the star Ronald Colman. His performance garnered the 1947 Oscar for Best Actor, and many said it was a long time coming. The story is about a stage actor content to play comic leads when he is offered the lead role in Shakespear's "Othello." He is reluctant to play the part due to a subconcious realization that his roles eventually seep into his real life, becoming an actual part of his character. When considering the lead in "Othello" this cannot be a good thing. Tragedy is an eventuality. The highlights in the film, for me, were the scenes from the play on stage. Ronald Colman loses hiself in the character completely both on and off the stage and is ultimately very believable and creepy. There are the occasional conventional plot devices common to the era used to wrap things up neatly, but overall this is a forgotten gem of a film from acclaimed director George Cukor. Once the begining credits unfolded and that director's name was shown I knew this was going to be at the very least, acceptable; at best, exceptional. This film falls nicely between those two possibilities, with a terrific lead performance from Ronald Colman. Thank you.
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By J. Lovins TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Universal Pictures presents "A DOUBLE LIFE" (1948) (104 min/B&W) -- Starring: Ronald Colman, Signe Hasso, Edmond O'Brien & Shelley Winters

Directed by George Cukor

Anthony John (Ronald Colman) is an actor whose life is strongly influenced by the characters he plays. When he's playing comedy, he's the most enjoyable person in the world, but when he's playing drama, it's terrible to be around him. That's the reason why his wife Brita (Signe Hasso) divorced him; although she still loves him and works with him, she couldn't stand living with him anymore. So when Anthony accepts to play Othello, he devotes himself entirely to the part, but it soon overwhelms him and with each day his mind gets filled more and more with Othello's murderous jealousy.

Won Oscars for Best Actor (Ronald Colman) and for Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (Miklós Rózsa)

Nominated Oscar for Best Director (George Cukor) and Best Writing, Original Screenplay (Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin)

Not to be overlooked is Milton Krasner's atmospheric cinematography.

Special footnotes: -- In the film, Ronald Colman plays a fictional actor who stars in the longest-running "Othello" in history. In real life, actor Paul Robeson, who had just become the first black actor to star in an otherwise white production of "Othello" on Broadway, had just completed the longest run of the play.

The role of Anthony John was originally written for Laurence Olivier. Olivier was unavailable when the film finally went into production.

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1. Frank Lloyd (Director)
Date of Birth: 2 February 1886 - Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Date of Death: 10 August 1960 - Santa Monica, California

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Different Colman Aug. 3 2003
Format:DVD
First off, I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the "print" for this DVD.
If you are familiar with most of the popular Ronald Colman movies -- "Lost Horizon" and "Random Harvest", for example -- be prepared for a shock. In this film, Colman plays a dark role of an actor who declines into insanity and murder. It's such a role reversal, no wonder he got the Academy Award for it! Colman was getting older here -- 57 -- but the golden voice is unmistakeable. I worried this film might never make it to DVD...thank goodness it did.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RONALD COLMAN FINALLY GETS HIS LONG OVERDUE OSCAR... Jan. 3 2002
By Lawyeraau - Published on Amazon.com
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For this 1948 film Ronald Colman, one of the finest actors ever to grace the silver screen, finally got the recognition he long deserved in the form of his first Oscar. In this absorbing, psychological thriller, Colman gave the performance that won the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Playing the role of revered stage actor, Anthony John, Colman gives an intense and riveting performance. When the obsessive Anthony John is called to play the role of Othello, he agrees to do so, and his ex wife and love of his life, Brita Kaurin (Signe Hasse) agrees to play the role of Desdemona. All goes well, and the play is a smashing, long running Broadway success.
Playing the role of Othello for such a protracted period of time, however, begins to wreak havoc with John's sanity, as reality and fantasy collide. Brita is seeing someone else in real life, and John, still in love with her, begins to confuse reality with his role. This spills over into his acting, and his acting spills over into his real life. This double life leads to catastrophic consequences from which there is no turning back. Those cognoscenti viewers familiar with the role of Othello can well imagine where this may lead, given the personal dynamics outlined.
All in all, terrific performances are given by the entire cast. Ronald Colman is magnificent in the part of the conflicted Anthony John, and Signe Hasso does herself proud in the role of John's ex-wife. Look for a young and buxom Shelley Winters in a small, but pivotal, role. The incisive screenplay, written by Ruth Gordon and Garson Kanin, makes for a drama that is redolent of the New York theatre. Well directed by George Cukor, this is a film that fans of the velvet voiced Ronald Colman will love, as will all those who enjoy a well acted drama.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A forgotten gem. April 21 2004
By D. Knouse - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first saw Ronald Colman in the 1937 film "Lost Horizon" and I was immediately impressed with his acting ability, primarily his use of subtlety and gesture. His type of acting is extremely rare by todays standards, where the stories are more likely to contain rapid, complex camera shots and special effects to propel the plot. But back in the Silver Screen era it was all about a tight script and excellent acting. That is what we have here, with a particularly potent performance given by the star Ronald Colman. His performance garnered the 1947 Oscar for Best Actor, and many said it was a long time coming. The story is about a stage actor content to play comic leads when he is offered the lead role in Shakespear's "Othello." He is reluctant to play the part due to a subconcious realization that his roles eventually seep into his real life, becoming an actual part of his character. When considering the lead in "Othello" this cannot be a good thing. Tragedy is an eventuality. The highlights in the film, for me, were the scenes from the play on stage. Ronald Colman loses hiself in the character completely both on and off the stage and is ultimately very believable and creepy. There are the occasional conventional plot devices common to the era used to wrap things up neatly, but overall this is a forgotten gem of a film from acclaimed director George Cukor. Once the begining credits unfolded and that director's name was shown I knew this was going to be at the very least, acceptable; at best, exceptional. This film falls nicely between those two possibilities, with a terrific lead performance from Ronald Colman. Thank you.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Arise, black vengeance Jan. 2 2005
By Steven Hellerstedt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
When we first see actor Anthony John (Ronald Coleman), he is standing in the lobby of a Broadway theater, buried in a trenchcoat with his face shadowed and hidden by a fedora, studying a painting of himself. John turns around and we're given the opportunity to compare the live face to the portrait hanging over his head. The artist got it all right save for the haunted, and immeasurably sad, eyes. John spends a lot of time studying himself in paintings, busts and mirrors - not because he's narcissistic, but rather because he has lost, or perhaps never knew in the first place, who he really is..
Anthony John is a great actor, a toast of Broadway, and a great guy. At least he is now, starring in a wildly popular light comedy. When playing in darker and moodier plays something comes over him. A young woman (who must have met him during an Ibsen play) bumps into him on the street and calls him a `stinker.'
A DOUBLE LIFE is a gutsy and brilliant movie about a man in search of himself and an actor who never learned to "leave it at midnight." To you a 40's expression, and this is very much a 40's movie, John is light and [...]when his character is so. Dark and brooding when cast as a tragic character. Theater friends pressure John to play Shakespeare's Othello. He demurs: "Some plays give me the willys, on stage and off." But the friends are persistent and John is intrigued, and soon enough he is up to his soul in that tragic tale of bloody jealousy.
Laurence Olivier was originally offered the part of the obsessed actor, but he was unavailable. The part, written by Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon in their Oscar-nominated screenplay, calls for a good chunk of the final act of Othello to be played out on-screen. With his reputation and stage background, Olivier would have been ideal. The casting of Coleman, who was hesitant about acting that much Shakespeare on-screen, took a fair bit of courage (stage veteran Walter Hampden was hired on as a Shakespeare coach.) Possessed of a fine voice and a decent profile, Coleman was a movie, not a stage, star. Coleman not only has to convince us that he's a stage actor, but that he's one of the leading stage actors of his time. I can imagine him getting the willys. That he won an Oscar for this movie indicates that I'm not the only one who found his performance spot on.

Composer Miklós Rózsa also won an Oscar for his score. Director George Cukor was nominated, as well, losing out to Elia Kazan's A GENTLEMAN'S AGREEMENT.

A DOUBLE LIFE is a fine drama that excels on just about every level. Very strongly recommended.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RONALD COLMAN & COMPANY ON BLU RAY Sept. 26 2012
By MICHAEL STODGHILL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Ronald Colman had one of the most beautiful speaking voices in films. I would have love to have seen him on stage. His was the type of voice that you instantly recognize when you hear it. He wasn't the only one. George Sanders, Janes Mason, Alec Guiness and Anthony Hopkins are just a few of the others. He brought his remarkable gifted voice and put it to great use in "A Double Life" and combined with his superb performance in the title role, won his only Best Actor Oscar. The story is a simple one, illusion vs reality but if it's not handled the right way it has the potential of not succeeding. But Colman and company pull it off under the direction of George Cukor, unfairly labeled a "woman's director" his whole career(Clark Gable had David Selznick fire him from directing "Gone With The Wind" because he thought he was favoring Vivian Leigh more than him. But that's another story). "A Double Life" was an unusual picture for Cukor in that it seems almost a "Film Noir" type film. Olive films has just released it on Blu ray and the results are mostly satisfying. The film was restored years ago by the UCLA Film Department and this is the print Olive used in this blu ray upgrade. Some of the exterior shots in the beginning on the New York streets leave much to be desired for blu ray. This is true for some on the dark interior shots too. But that may be due to the age of the film(65 years) than the restoration team at Olive. The close ups are stunning on blu ray. You can clearly see some of Colman's pimples(sorry fans) on his face under the make-up. Both Edmund O'Brien and Shelley Winters(future Oscar winners)are superb as well. Milton Krasner's black & white photography looks equally stunning on blu-ray. Like I said, it's filmed in a film noir style that was popular at the time but not the style that Cukor was known for in his films. If you like seeing and hearing Shakesphere on film then I would recommend the film. If you already own the Republic DVD and are on the fence about upgrading then I'll leave that up to you. You probably don't have to but the blu ray is a lot clearer in certain scenes when compared to the DVD version. I have both versions and there is a difference, however slight, on this Olive blu ray release. If you own Olive's recent Blu rays of "High Noon" and "Force of Evil" then this release is certainly on par with those. It's not a perfect blu ray but impressive none the less. I'm giving it four stars.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative adaptation, intelligent chiller April 26 2001
By Samuel Chell - Published on Amazon.com
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As a director who understood actors and the problems stars often have managing their own screen personae, George Cukor was the perfect choice to direct this dark thriller about a Shakespearean actor playing Othello both on and off-stage. The film's unique achievement, in turn, is to make us feel apprehension and suspense whether the actor is on or off stage. As the paranoid Moor, Ronald Coleman plays the role with his familiar stylized cadence, a highly artificial elocution in contrast with his inner turmoil and potential violence. The score by Miklos Roza, with it employment of the "theremin," adds another artificial dimension--the operatic and melodramatic. Consequently, the illusion vs. reality theme that we feel at the level of the film's story is doubled by the graphic black and white images vs. formal orchestra score at the structural level. But rather than confuse, the pairings create engaging tensions that sustain the film's impact on the spectator's memory long after the viewing of the film. Like Shakespeare's iambic pentameter, 5-act plays, the formal elements of this film work not to suppress dramatic emotion but to suggest its explosive power through the very elements that contain it.
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