1965. USA. Edward Dmytryk. 108 min.
Friday, November 9, 2012, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1965. USA. Directed by Edward Dmytryk. Screenplay by Peter Stone. With Gregory Peck, Diane Baker, Walter Matthau. One of the original Hollywood Ten, Edward Dmytryk returned to his roots (as it were), with this leftish noir, based on a 1951 “anti-fascist mystery” novel by Howard Fast—who had also been imprisoned for his political convictions—an amnesia tale steeped in nuclear paranoia and fear of the corporate state. One of the last movies that Universal would make in black and white, Mirage has been unfairly neglected—although it was a harbinger of Hollywood’s mid ‘60s New Wave. The movie’s premise evokes the Hitchcock of North By Northwest while the montage shows the influence of Alain Resnais’s Hiroshima, Mon Amour. Given the sense of druggy disassociation, it’s like an episode of Mad Men written by Philip K. Dick. Preserved by NBC Universal Distribution. 108 min.
In the Film exhibition To Save and Project: The 10th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation
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