Directed By: Terrence Young
Starring: Edana Romney, Eric Portman, Hugh Sinclair, Barbara Mullen
Disclaimer: Kino Lorber has provided me with a copy of this film free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections.
The term, dreamlike is probably over used but, honestly, I cannot think of a better way to describe Terrence Young's 48' film Corridor of Mirrors. A woman falls for a odd art lover who believes she is reincarnation of a former lover. The back cover for this movie states this is the most unusual British film of the 1940's, and you know what? I couldn't agree more. Young, best known for his later works like Dr. No (1962), From Russia With Love (1963) and Wait Until Dark (1967) starts off his film career with a daring, dreamy and utterly beautiful English melodrama.
Mirrors certainly taps into this almost Victorian like sexual repression of the era whilst also bubbling underneath with a kind of raw sexuality that is understated but certainly present. Sure the movie is most certainly strange as hell but its mediations on love, art, sex and gender roles. DP Andre Thomas makes a absolute feast out of this film with his expressive sweeping shots and inventive camera work. This is also helped by top notch production design and art direction. The movie has a haunting fairy-tale style that feels like neo-Gothic horror wrapped inside a costume potboiler. The movie is also nicely paced and for such a simple narrative the movie is completely engrossing.
British melodrama is enjoyable but can be somewhat predictable yet, Corridor of Mirrors is a richly layered, weird and breathtakingly stunning film. I hope this re-release brings the movie a wider audience because it deserves it. It also marks the feature film debut of Christopher Lee.
Picture: Corridor of Mirrors is a movie that I praised a lot for its visuals. I am over joyed to report that Kino/Cohen Films has provided an amazing looking 1080p. The picture is almost totally free of dirt, scratches and artifacts. The overall image quality is also very sharp with a lot of clarity in locales, costumes and set designs. Grain is a bit heavy at times but honestly its not distracting in my opinion and this kind of standard especially with a movie that is over seventy-years old. Black-and-white image is contrasted and balanced expertly.
Sound: Mirrors has a DTS 2.0 track. Things arent quite as good when it comes to the audio presentation. There are moments when you get some unwanted background noise and some dialogue comes off slightly distorted. Overall though, dialogue does come through quite clear as does the score and sound design.