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Strange Illusion

Strange Illusion
Director: Edgar Ulmer, 1945.
United States, 86 minutes.
English.

Where do dreams end and reality begin? Paul, the scion of an extremely wealthy family, suffers recurring hallucinations of an evil man seducing his mother and perhaps causing his father’s untimely death in a car crash. This film noir murder drama borrows heavily from Shakespeare’s 'Hamlet' to weave a tale of murderous insanity and revenge. Strange Illusion may have some wooden performances and stiff dialogue, but the glorious attention paid to the cinematography makes up for it.

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