The Dark Mirror
Dir. Robert Siodmak. 1946, 85 mins. 35mm restored print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Preservation funded by The Film Foundation, Paramount Pictures, and the Packard Humanities Institute. With Olivia de Havilland, Lew Ayres. Siodmak’s atmospheric film noir reflects Hollywood’s postwar fascination with psychoanalysis, as a therapist tries to determine which of two twin sisters, both played by Olivia de Havilland, is a murderer. Siodmak skillfully explores the identity theme with such German Expressionist techniques as the use of shadows, distortions, and mirror images.
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