A Double Life (1947) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by George Cukor and produced by Michael Kanin.
Academy Awards 1947 --- Ceremony Number 20 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Ronald Colman||Won|
|Best Director||George Cukor||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||Dr. Miklos Rozsa||Won|
|Best Writing||Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin||Nominated|
Behind the Scenes: Shelley Winters in A Double LifeBy shadowsandsatin on Nov 11, 2013 From Shadows and Satin
To today?s audiences, Shelley Winters may be the grandmother on the Roseanne Barr comedy show, or the zaftig swimming champion who valiantly perished in The Poseidon Adventure. But back in the day, she was a gorgeous blonde whose curvaceous figure was complemented by her considerable acting chops. W... Read full article
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In the film, Ronald Colman plays a fictional actor who stars in the longest-running "Othello" in history. In real life, actor Paul Robeson, who had just become the first black actor to star in an otherwise white production of "Othello" on Broadway, had just completed the longest run of the play.
The "Othello" scenes were filmed separately and in the exact order in which they occur in Shakespeare's play, so as to give Ronald Colman the feeling that he was actually appearing in "Othello". Colman felt uneasy about performing Shakespeare, so director George Cukor and Shakespearean actor Walter Hampden, who acted as coach and advisor for these scenes, tried to make Colman as comfortable as possible in them.
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