Cinema: Questions of Identity

Mirage opens with a skyline view of Manhattan at dusk, and Director Edward Dmytryk quickly and Hitchcockily establishes the city's menacing mood. One glittering spire of steel and glass, suddenly goes dark. Inside the building, corridors teem with silhouetted confusion— elevators stall, office parties begin, and the leader of a world-famous peace foundation plummets 27 floors to his death. Hero Gregory Peck, looking vaguely troubled, chooses to walk down. En route he meets an enigmatic beauty (Diane Baker) who seems to know him intimately, though he has never seen her before. Or has he?...

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