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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
Steven Geray ...
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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Storyline

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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The Fabulous Tale OF A MAN OF MYSTERY!


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A Máscara de Dimitrios  »

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For a scene taking place in the Parisian subway,which was rebuilt and filmed on Warner sound stage,the name of subway station "Balard" is misspelled and written "Ballard". See more »

Quotes

Colonel Haki: But to me the most important thing to know about an assassination is not who fired a shot - but who paid for the bullet!
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Spoofed in It Takes a Thief: Guess Who's Coming to Rio (1969) See more »

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Music by Alberto Domínguez
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Fine Actors in an Unglamorised Noir Suspenser
2 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If the Mask of Dimitrios was made today there would be car chases,explosions,and bloody encounters with cannon fodder Nazi agents,with the dialogue reduced to hopefully witty one liners. And a love interest for one of the photogenic heroes to rescue from the clutches of ... Dimitrios! The original movie shows the difference between actors ( Greenstreet,Lorre, Francen, Geray,and Scott who is probably the greatest personification of the Oily Weasel God on screen.)and "stars" past and present. The storyline now seems old the search for the true history of an infamous individual;Cititzen Kane was just three years old when this movie came out, but the story seems real as are its characters. They and the sets show an unglamourous Europe that is still reeling from the catastrophes of WW1, disease,the Depression,and the rise of dictatorships large and small. It's in the smaller,lesser known jackbooted world of the Balkans that the events of the novel and film occur in,an area generally not mentioned in movies of that era unless it's Captaine Renault's interrupted affair with a young Bulgarian woman in "Casablanca" The actors aren't the usual glam cam fodder they look like they exist in this world and that happens to reinforce my enjoyment of the film. A good film to see after watching a bang bang boom boom "star" exhibition.


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