The Mask of Dimitrios

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A fine noir-ish thriller, adapted from Eric Ambler's novel (A Coffin for Dimitrios), and respecting its Citizen Kane structure as a mousy little mystery writer (Lorre), intrigued by the reported murder of a seedily nasty international criminal (Scott), begins to reconstruct his story by talking to people from his past. The result is superficial but stylishly atmospheric, with vivid characterisations (notably Greenstreet as a genial blackmailer who ambiguously and rather movingly befriends Lorre) and low-key lighting effects that bring subtle echoes of The Maltese Falcon (Arthur Edeson shot both films).

By: TM

Release details

Duration: 95 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jean Negulesco
Screenwriter: Frank Gruber
Cast: Zachary Scott
Peter Lorre
Sydney Greenstreet
Faye Emerson
George Tobias
Victor Francen
Eduardo Ciannelli
Steve Geray
Florence Bates
Kurt Katch
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