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102 Ratings

Sleep, My Love

Directed by Douglas Sirk
United States, 1948
Drama, Film noir


Claudette Colbert wakes up in the middle of the night on board a train, but she can’t remember how she got there. Danger and suspense ensue.

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Sleep, My Love Directed by Douglas Sirk
This film is, as James Harvey once said in FILM COMMENT, “quite marvelous,” even with Colbert’s miscasting. And running throughout is that 1940s theme, which Sirk amplified, of a woman finding her true self under the lies she’s been accepting for years. “That doesn’t sound like my girl,” Ameche coos to Brooks as they set their final plot in motion. “Your girl is a lot of girls,” Brooks snaps. The bad dames are always wised up; it’s the good ones who have to come out from hypnosis.
March 02, 2016
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Neither Colbert’s character nor the film are as heartbreakingly poignant as Barbara Stanwyck’s in later Sirk masterpiece There’s Always Tomorrow, but he’s already very much the sensitive poet of repression with a natural mastery for emotional mise-en-scène and cinematography… The average thriller template is made excellent by clever supporting turns and Sirk’s unmistakable stamp.
December 23, 2015
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Sirk’s symbols are svelte and acrid: a cup of drugged chocolate for the heroine (Rosemary’s Baby), a swiveling POV on the gothic staircase, neon arrows and champagne at a seedy roadhouse (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)… Robert Cummings as the pushy suitor clinches the Hitchcockian line of thought, the climax is a necessary rupture, la sonnambula wide awake at last.
February 23, 2015
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