A Double Life

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A Double Life
George Cukor, 1947
USA | Format: 35mm | 104 minutes

Cukor’s first collaboration with screenwriters Garson Kanin and Ruth Gordon is an incandescent, psychologically astute record of an actor slowly cracking up. Ronald Colman, in his only Oscar-winning performance, plays a beloved thespian whose Othello complex ultimately drives him to madness and murder. The film is a study in contrasts: light versus dark, aggression versus restraint, the rarified space of the theater versus the late-night diners of a B-movie melodrama, and, of course, performance versus reality—one of Cukor’s career-long obsessions.

Series: The Discreet Charm of George Cukor

Venue: Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

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