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mask of dimitrios
- kevin sellers
A stylish, international noir thriller, with Peter Lorre as the hero. What's not to like? It's kind of a shadow "Citizen Kane," with a writer (in this case of mysteries, not news stories) piecing together an amoral man's life through interviews with people who knew him. It's also got elements of "The Third Man," because the writer journeys from innocence to an understanding of evil, a la Joseph Cotton. And anytime you can compare a film to "Kane" and "3rd Man" you know you're watching quality stuff, as indeed this movie is. Frank Gruber's script from Eric Ambler's fine novel provides us with many wonderful characters, including not only Lorre's timorous yet dogged and ultimately courageous mystery writer turned actual sleuth, but also a smuggler ambiguously poised between good and bad (Sydney Greenstreet at his best) a feckless government official whom Dimitrios drives to suicide, a sophisticated Italian spy who loves cats, a Turkish police chief who loves mystery novels, and of course Dimitrios himself, the embodiment of malevolence, played to perfection by that master of sleaze, Zachary Scott. Sure, Scott's Texas twang is absurd as a Greek killer, but after awhile you cease to notice, so good is he at capturing Dimitrios' essential coldness and cruelty. As for Jean Negulesco's direction, it is suave, shifty and increasingly tense, as befits the tone of this film. Give it an A minus instead of an A for sometimes following "Kane" too closely. (i.e. Hope Emerson's faded nightclub singer is pretty much a ripoff of Susan Alexander)
A Coffin for Demitrios
Just read the book...no wonder Alan Furst praises Eric Anbler...both great at their craft!
The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)
- Bernard M. Fabrizi
Now this is a true classic! One of Lorre and Greenstreet's best pictures. The film is quite faithful to the novel by Eric Ambler (which I also recommend) and is suspenseful, mysterious, and quite frankly one of the best. TCM should definitely show this more often!
The Mask of DIMITRIOS (1944)
- Travis Black
I am a HUGE fan of Horror and Mystery/Suspence and Thriller films. Very atmosperic Thriller!
The Mask of Dimitrios DVD
- Z. Dutkiiewicz
Warner Bros has released The Mask of Dimitrios on DVD, May 21, 2013.
Great Movie, Great Cast
Lorre! Greenstreet! Zachary Scott! Florence Bates! I can't miss a movie with a cast like that. Very atmospheric, abounds with interesting characters. The novel is fascinating too, don't miss that either.
reminds me of- with a few what ifs
- MJ Blais
I watch noir for the fascinating glimpse it gives into the time shortly before I was born, right around the end of WW II -- a shadow world where nobody is who they seem to be because the world has been stood on its head. Familiar and yet completely foreign. This is absolutely one of those. We see Demetrios come and go, dead, not dead, hated, loved...like Peter Lorre's novelist, we're completely unsure who is behind the mask. The sets, the lighting, everything so vivid you can almost feel the dust accumulate on your skin. Well, I think I've hit about every cliche there is about noir, but that shouldn't reflect on "Demetrios"... I really do like this film and hope it comes out on DVD soon. Thanks, TCM!
This spy story seems mainly to have been made to team up Lorre and Greenstreet again. They are the main attraction in this otherwise pretty standard but well made crime movie.Too bad the main villain is played so blandly, and the surprise ending must have been predictable even then. Otherwise a quite enjoyable afternoon movie.
Lorre has his merits
Had never seen this film before. What made the film so intriquing for me was seeing Peter Lorre (who usually plays such oddballs) in the lead as a rather likeable, intelligent, nice guy.
- c l remstad
Shadowy intrigue, eery lighting, twisted camera angles, superb acting (just this side of camp). The plot is a bit thin, but who cares. This is one BAD movie where big stars don't get in the way of the usual suspects that made movies great.
A noir tour de force from Negulesco
- alan melzak
A totally absorbing movie with fine performances from the cast.
The Mask of Dimitrious
- Wendy Winkler
Sydney Greenstreet and Peter Lorre make a great team in the Mask of Dimitrious. It is great to have Turner Classic movies to see great character actors like Greenstreet.