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Mask of Dimitrios
     

The Mask of Dimitrios

Director: Jean Negulesco

Cast: Sydney Greenstreet, Zachary Scott, Faye Emerson

 
Zachary Scott made his screen debut in this clever bit of film noir that has gained a cult reputation in recent years. Dutch mystery novelist Cornelius Leyden (Peter Lorre) is travelling through Istanbul when he meets Col. Haki (Kurt Katch), head of the secret police and a big fan of Leyden's work. He offers to tell Leyden about Dimitrios Makropoulos (Zachary

Overview

Zachary Scott made his screen debut in this clever bit of film noir that has gained a cult reputation in recent years. Dutch mystery novelist Cornelius Leyden (Peter Lorre) is travelling through Istanbul when he meets Col. Haki (Kurt Katch), head of the secret police and a big fan of Leyden's work. He offers to tell Leyden about Dimitrios Makropoulos (Zachary Scott), a notorious criminal whose body was just found washed up on the beach. It seems that Makropoulos was involved in nearly every sort of lawless act imaginable, from murder and blackmail to espionage and political assassination. Fascinated, Leyden decides that Makropoulos would be a fine subject for his next book, and he begins researching his life, beginning with Haki's dossier on the criminal. Leyden's research takes him through much of Europe; while en route by rail to Sofia, he meets a large man with an ingratiating chuckle, Mr. Peters (Sydney Greenstreet), who informs Leyden that "There is not enough kindness in the world," and tells him of a good hotel in town. Grateful for the advice, Leyden checks in, only to later find Peters ransacking his room and holding him at gunpoint; it seems that Peters had business with Makropoulos, and he isn't entirely convinced that the master criminal is dead -- especially since his body was found with shabby clothes and no money, and the police in Istanbul had never actually seen a photo of Makropoulos. Based on a novel by Eric Ambler, The Mask of Dimitrios also features Faye Emerson, who was in the news at the time, as she had just wed the son of President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Mask of Dimitrios is an intricate little conspiracy thriller-cum-film noir that provides a great deal of entertainment value for fans of intrigue and betrayal, all cast in shadowy light that obscures as much as it illuminates. Indeed, Mask would be a top tier noir entry were it not for the fact that the script bogs down in talk a bit too often. The dialogue is good, often enticing; but too often scenarist Frank Gruber settles for telling us things that, in a movie, he should be showing us. This is a minor flaw, however, and fans of this type of film will find Mask quite rewarding. Certainly the basic set-up -- is a recently discovered corpse truly that of the master criminal Dimitrios? -- is familiar but immensely workable, and the twists and turns that it provides are captivating. Jean Negulesco directs with style and flair; if he occasionally gets waylaid by some of the more verbose sections, he still pulls the film back on track and regains momentum each time. He's aided enormously by Arthur Edeson's superb cinematography, a crucial element in this type of film. The cast is a plus, too, with excellent work from Zachary Scott, Peter Lorre (playing a sympathetic character for once), Victor Francen and, above all, the unique Sydney Greenstreet.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
UPC:
0883316781524
Original Release:
1944
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:35:00
Sales rank:
10,525

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sydney Greenstreet Mr. Peters
Zachary Scott Dimitrios Makropoulos
Faye Emerson Irana Preveza
Peter Lorre Cornelius Latimer Leyden
Victor Francen Wladislaw Grodek
Steven Geray Bulic
George Tobias Fedor Muishkin
Florence Bates Mme. Chavez
Kurt Katch Col. Haki
Marjorie Hoshelle Anna Bulic
George Metaxa Hans Werner
John Abbott Mr. Pappas
Monte Blue Dhris Abdul
David Hoffman Konrad
Albert van Antwerp Landlord
Philip Rock Person on Beach
Alphonse Martell Croupier
Lal Chand Mehra Servant
Leonid Snegoff Stambulisky
Louis Mercier Policeman
Pedro Regas Morgue Attendant
Nick Thompson Porter
Michael Visaroff Policeman
Nino Pipitone Hotel Clerk
John Mylong Druhar
Georges Renavent Fisherman
Lotte Palfi Receptionist
Alfred Paix Man
Marek Windheim Hotel Clerk
Eduardo Ciannelli Marukakis
Roman Bohnen Actor
Carmen D'Antonio Nightclub Dancer
Ray DeRavenne Taxi Driver
Charles Andre Conductor
John Bleifer Coach Driver
Vince Barnett Cafe Customer
Felix Basch Vaxoff
Edgar Licho Cafe Proprietor
Frank Lackteen Soldier
Edward Hyans Actor
Mary Landa Flower Girl
Fred Essler Bostoff
Antonio Filauri Man
Peter Helmers Reporter
Gregory Golubeff Doorkeeper
Sol (Saul) Gorss Man

Technical Credits
Jean Negulesco Director
Henry Blanke Producer
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Oliver S. Garretson Sound/Sound Designer
Frank Gruber Screenwriter
Frederick Richards Editor
Ted Smith Art Director
Jack Sullivan Asst. Director
Walter F. Tilford Set Decoration/Design
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Mask of Dimitrios
1. Chapter 1 [:59]
2. Chapter 2 [1:35]
3. Chapter 3 [4:10]
4. Chapter 4 [1:51]
5. Chapter 5 [3:38]
6. Chapter 6 [2:22]
7. Chapter 7 [3:23]
8. Chapter 8 [3:08]
9. Chapter 9 [3:15]
10. Chapter 10 [4:09]
11. Chapter 11 [5:01]
12. Chapter 12 [3:36]
13. Chapter 13 [3:57]
14. Chapter 14 [2:39]
15. Chapter 15 [6:03]
16. Chapter 16 [3:38]
17. Chapter 17 [4:12]
18. Chapter 18 [3:48]
19. Chapter 19 [5:41]
20. Chapter 20 [2:06]
21. Chapter 21 [1:25]
22. Chapter 22 [4:39]
23. Chapter 23 [6:38]
24. Chapter 24 [2:03]
25. Chapter 25 [5:53]
26. Chapter 26 [5:45]

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