Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB. Paramount Pictures, USA, 1991. Screenplay by Scott Frank. Cinematography by Matthew F. Leonetti. Produced by Lindsay Doran, Charles H. Maguire. Music by Patrick Doyle. Production Design by Tim Harvey. Costume Design by Phyllis Dalton. Film Editing by Peter E. Berger. Golden Globe Awards 1991.
A Los Angeles police detective (Kenneth Branagh) comes across a terrorized mute woman (Emma Thompson) and tries to help her discover the source of her amnesia and her nightmares. She has been dreaming of a famous pianist from the 1940s who was apparently murdered by her scheming husband, and it is only through sessions with hypnosis that Branagh can help Thompson figure out the reason for these visions. This delightfully enjoyable tribute to film noir features endless forays into elements of both the spiritual and the thrillingly modern, with all elements balanced beautifully by Branagh’s confident direction. Patrick Doyle contributes a juicy, classic music score and the flashback photography is filmed in dreamy black and white.