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Corridor of Mirrors (1948)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 24 July 1948 (USA)
A man falls in love with a beautiful young woman and begins to suspect that he may have also loved her in a previous life.

Director:

Terence Young

Writers:

Christopher Massie (inspired by the novel) (as Chris Massey), Rudolph Cartier (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Eric Portman ... Paul Mangin
Edana Romney Edana Romney ... Mifanwy
Barbara Mullen ... Veronica
Hugh Sinclair ... Owen
Bruce Belfrage Bruce Belfrage ... Sir David Conway
Alan Wheatley ... Edgar Orsen
Joan Maude Joan Maude ... Caroline
Leslie Weston Leslie Weston ... Mortimer
Hugh Latimer Hugh Latimer ... Bing
John Penrose ... Brandy
Christopher Lee ... Charles
Lois Maxwell ... Lois
Mavis Villiers ... Babs
Thora Hird ... Visitor In Tussauds
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A man falls in love with a beautiful young woman and begins to suspect that he may have also loved her in a previous life.

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Genres:

Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Im Banne der Vergangenheit See more »

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Production Co:

Apollo See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on) (System Radio-Cinema-Cottet)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In his autobiography, Sir Christopher Lee clearly states that this was his first film, although in the same paragraph he says that the star of the film was Eric Porter, when it was actually Eric Portman. While unsure of the misspelling of Eric Portman's last name in this autobiography, it is correct that this is Sir Christopher Lee's debut movie. It was released in the U.K. March 10, 1948 and did not release in the United States until July 24, 1948. See more »

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Referenced in Terence Young: Bond Vivant (2000) See more »

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A wonderful, interesting Gothic film
22 September 1999 | by theorbysSee all my reviews

This is expert, expert film making, rich in atmosphere and mood, and easily as good as the best gothics and psychological 'horror' films of the forties such as Wuthering Heights, Rebecca, Jane Eyre, Seventh Veil, or the Val Lewton works. I don't think there was a single scene that did not hold my attention. I could not begin to enumerate all the little touches and flourishes of lighting, camera angle, dialog, story ideas, etc. but I particularly enjoyed the seamless interweaving of references to Lewis Carroll's Alice (when Edana Romney follows the white cat (white rabbit surrogate) through the labyrhinthine corridors of the mansion, or to Othello/Romeo and Juliet at the Venetian ball, or again to Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast. Some compare this film to to Cocteau (it's on the video box), with its ornate and detailed set, as well as its theme, but Corridor of Mirrors for all its fine acting, atmosphere, and mastery of technique is not genius. It is not poetically simple. But if you liked any of the films mentioned above, you will definitely enjoy watching dark, mysterious leading lady Edana Romney (who also co wrote the screenplay) search for the inner resources to free herself from the spell of an incredibly intense and psychologically compelling, but morbid, life.


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