Thursday, May 15, 2014
I finally got The Mask of Dimitrios on video.
Journalist Peter Lorre is the only person to have seen the body of master criminal Dimitrios. But the body mysteriously disappears, leaving Lorre the only person who can verify that the body was in fact that of Dimitrios. He's pursued by Sydney Greenstreet, one of Dimitrios' many accomplices, who wants Lorre to help him prove that the gangster is dead -- or alive...
The film was a major influence on film noir, with its exquisitely decrepit sets and its chiaroscuro lighting.