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33 Ratings

Strange Illusion

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer
United States, 1945
Crime, Drama, Film noir


Paul, a young man whose father was once lieutenant Governor of California before his untimely death, has a strange, recurring dream in which his mother falls in love with a dangerous man (Brett Curtis), a dream which also contains the image of his father’s death…

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Strange Illusion Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

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  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Strange Illusion

    **1/2. Maybe, it was the bad DVD transfer but I wasn't fully enthralled by this Ulmer movie. I even liked better the Bertrand Tavernier analysis of Strange Illusion found in the bonus section. A curious object nevertheless; for instance, I can't think right now of another movie ending with a dream.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Strange Illusion

    Solid 'B' thriller from director Ulmer that tells a fairly exciting story not so far removed from 'Hamlet'. A young man has a vision that his father's death was no accident and that a strange man has designs on his mother. On his return home he finds many elements of his dream slowly coming true and a devious psychiatrist comes into the mix as well. Ulmer always had a knack for this kind of material.

  • Holyphool's rating of the film Strange Illusion

    Through an almost unwatchably dark print this is one of Ulmer's strangest, twisted, Freudian films that could do with major restoration. A nightmare labyrinth when dreams become real: the son of a recently widowed woman attempts to to stop a lascivious homicidal maniac from marrying the woman. The film chokes B-noir with its Schumann concerto scoring and evil, shadowy atmosphere.

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