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The Black Book (Columbia Classics) A.K.A Reign of Terror
The Black Book (Columbia Classics) A.K.A Reign of Terror (1949)
Actor: Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Richard Hart, Arlene Dahl, Arnold Moss, Norman Lloyd, Charles McGraw, Beulah Bondi, Jess Barker
Director: Anthony Mann
Genre: Drama, Film Noir
Year: 1949
Studio: Sony Pictures
Length: 89 minutes
Released: January 3, 2012
Rating: NR
Format: DVD
Misc: NTSC, Full Screen, Black & White
Language: English (Original Language)
SYNOPSIS:
Anthony Mann directs this historical adventure photographed in stunning black and white by the master of light and shadow, John Alton. Best known for his Noir work - often referred to as "painting with light"- Alton demonstrates his skill for creating atmosphere and suspense.

Some scenes are as dark as the events in this story: in the aftermath of Revolutionary leader Robespierre's (Richard Basehart) ruthless and brutal rise to dictator of France, true patriot Charles D'Aubigny (Robert Cummings) assumes the disguise of his country's most feared torturer, "The Butcher of Strasbourg," in the hopes of infiltrating Robespierre's circle. Political moderates have tasked D'Aubigny with locating a black book - a personal diary of the Terror - containing information that can inspire the overthrow of Robespierre and return France to the hands of men of "libertié, égalitié, fraternitié."

Gripping and tense, this suspense flick dressed up in costume features terrific performances all around from a cast which includes Arlene Dahl, Arnold Moss, Norman Lloyd and Charles McGraw.

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