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Directed by: Anthony Asquith

Produced: 1950

Countries & Regions: United Kingdom

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Certificate: PG

Studio: Screenbound

Format: DVD

Region: Region 0

Released: 26 July 2010

Cat No: ODNF187

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Languages(s): English
Interactive Menu
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Dolby Digital 2.0

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The Woman in Question

Cast: Dirk Bogarde , Jean Kent , Hermione Baddeley , Charles Victor , John McCallum , Susan Shaw

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A ’whodunit’ style crime drama starring Jean Kent. A fortune-telling woman, Agnes ’Astra’ Huston (Kent), is discovered dead in her home.... Read More

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A ’whodunit’ style crime drama starring Jean Kent. A fortune-telling woman, Agnes ’Astra’ Huston (Kent), is discovered dead in her home. The police narrow down their search of her killer to five suspects. As they are questioned by the police, each suspect’s connection with the victim is viewed in a series of flashbacks. Each of the five possible killers appear suspicious, but who is the culprit?

Made the same year as Rashomon yet almost forgotten in the annals of British cinema, Anthony Asquith’s The Woman in Question follows a similar conceit to Kurosawa’s film. Jean Kent plays Astra, a character who dominates the movie despite her murder before the action begins. As the police begin to gather evidence, they interview the people who knew her, and several different sides to her character emerge. Her sister describes a wanton tramp, a kindly older man recalls a charming waif and others paint different views of her character. But who is the murderer, and what was their motive?

Seen in the numerous flashbacks, Kent has a grand time, seizing the opportunity to play so many varied roles, sweetly saccharine when playing the good girl, vamping it up when playing the reverse. Like Brighton Rock, Asquith’s film has a real feel for noir mood, and uses its seedy seaside atmosphere brilliantly. With a cast boasting stand-out turns from a young Dirk Bogarde and a scene-stealing Hermione Baddeley, The Woman in Question is a superior murder mystery for fans of film noir.

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