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The Mask of Dimitrios (1944)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 July 1944 (USA)
Mystery writer Cornelius Leyden becomes intrigued when the murdered body of a vicious career criminal washes up in the Bosphorus.

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Dimitrios Makropoulos
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Irana Preveza
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Cornelius Leyden
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Wladislaw Grudek
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Karel Bulic
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Madame Elise Chavez
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Marukakis (as Edward Ciannelli)
Kurt Katch ...
Marjorie Hoshelle ...
Anna Bulic
Georges Metaxa ...
Hans Werner
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Mr. Pappas
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Abdul Dhris
David Hoffman ...
Konrad
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A mystery writer named Leyden is intrigued by the tale of notorious criminal Dimitrios Makropolous, whose body was found washed up on the shore in Istanbul. He decides to follow the career of Dimitrios around Europe, to learn more about the man. Along the way, he is joined by mysterious Mr. Peters, who has his own motivation. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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A Máscara de Dimitrios  »

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 16, 1945 with Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Zachary Scott reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Peters: [Repeated with small variations throughout the story] How little kindness there is in the world today!
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Referenced in The Man with Bogart's Face (1980) See more »

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Breezin' Along With the Breeze
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Seymour Simons and Haven Gillespie
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Not The Maltese Falcon, but still a remarkable Film-Noir classic
7 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

The Mask of Dimitrios is an adaptation of Eric Ambler's novel A Coffin for Dimitrios directed by Rumanian-American director Jean Negulescu. A corpse of a man is found washed up on a sea shore somewhere in Bulgaria, which apparently is of Dimitrios Makropoulos, a sought after by the police of various European countries notorious criminal. A fiction writer Cornelius Leyden (Peter Lorre) gets interested in Dimitrios' story and decides to conduct an investigation about his life and death with the intent of writing a book about it. In order to do that he begins a journey through Europe, following the trail of Dimitrios activities, which begins in Istambul and ends in Paris.

On the way he is joined by a mysterious stranger Mr. Peters (Sydney Greenstreet) who, as it turns out to be, has the same mission of finding out about Dimitrios' life, but whose motivations are quite different.

A good but little seen Film-Noir classic. 8/10


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