A dark story of mistaken identity in which chemical researcher nora goodrich attempts to perform an experiment on her self with a new anesthesia she has invented only to have it literally blowup in her face. Plastic surger... more »y changes her into a different person that even her fiance cant recognize. Studio: Kino International Release Date: 07/18/2000 Starring: Brenda Marshall William Gargan Run time: 68 minutes Rating: N/r Director: Anthony Mann« less
"god bless dvd, at last we can enjoy great Athony Mann's masterpieces. Westerns like "the man from Laramie", and films noir such as "T-men" and "raw deal". "Strange impersonnation" is a strong thing, almost fantastic. Enjoy especially the photography of cinematographer John Alton which uses constrasts of black and white, amazing shadows and lightnings. It's action, beauty of violence and feelings.Don't miss."
SKIN DEEP AND DEEPER
Robin Simmons | Palm Springs area, CA United States | 01/02/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Skin deep is not deep enough. Jealousy, murder, plastic surgery and revenge in a Hitchcockian tour de force from Director Anthony Mann ("El Cid," "Desperate," "Bamboo Blond," "God's Little Acre"). Mann was widely praised for his meticulous eye for detail and his instinctive sense of mise en scene which he prominently shows in "Strange Impersonation." The radiant and beautiful Brenda Marshall is a scientist who spurns marriage for her pioneering breakthroughs in the science of anesthetics. That's right, anesthetics. But YOU won't fall asleep watching this very surreal, sly, primitive, artful but low budget tale with a stunning, surprise ending. (Full Screen, B&W, 68 minutes, Not Rated)..."
A NOTE TO CUSTOMER REVIEWERS...
MaxRenn2 | 01/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Please warn readers about potential spoilers at the beginning of your reviews. The ending is revealed in one of the previous critiques. Thanks and happy viewing!"
Frederick G. Chase | Laredo, TX United States | 02/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Eerie identity loss, transference--the other self. Surreal effect heightened by B budget and inappropriate music. Subtle and thought-provoking use of image echos, mirrors, and shadows. Right up there with noir's other great doppelganger movies, The Scar (Hollow Triumph) and Desert Fury."
Le Bibliothécaire | 02/21/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This film was fairly interesting in parts, but the plot didn't make any sense. Brenda Marshall plays an interesting person- a woman scientist- which was rare in the 1940's. However, the film loses credibility when she has an accident and is disfigured. She has plastic surgery and changes identities. However, she looks the same as she did before, but no one seems to recognize her. That particular item spoiled the movie for me.
Ruth Ford plays a tough blackmailer and Hillary Brooke portrays a really bad lady. William Gargan is very ineffective as Brenda Marshall's love interest. His usual vibrant personality is really subdued here.
Anthony Mann is the director and he does a credible job, but the writing is amateurish and the whole production looks very shoddy. The print itself is pretty good and there is a certain film noir feeling to it.
I liked the fact that Brenda Marshall played an intelligent scientist and that the women had very strong roles, but the overall impression that I went away with was disappointment"