A Double Life (1947) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by George Cukor and produced by Michael Kanin.
In what many considered (at the time of its release) the role of Coleman's career, the matinee idol gets to play both a veteran stage actor and perform great scenes from Othello. Colman falls victim to the actors' malady of mixing roles with reality, a particularly dangerous affliction when playing the jealous Moor and also when playing the opposite one's wife. This is a sharp, lovingly observed look at the acting life presented by a team that knows whereof it speaks: writers Kanin and Gordon and director Cukor.
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Academy Awards 1947 --- Ceremony Number 20 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Music - Scoring
|Dr. Miklos Rozsa
|Ruth Gordon, Garson Kanin
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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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