Tuesday, February 10, 2009

2/10/09: Laura (1944)

I am forever grateful that I wasn't already privvy to the startling twist that comes about halfway through director Otto Preminger's much-beloved mystery, Laura. I'm not normally a noir enthusiast, but this famous film (based on Vera Caspary's novel) may just convert me. Dana Andrews is a cop investigating the murder of the title character (Gene Tierney), with her former lovers (Clifton Webb and Vincent Price) topping the suspect list. As Andrews probes the life of the dead girl, he starts to fall in love with her memory. It's a terrific setup with some great surprises to follow. Only debit: the haunting theme song, while excellent, is played rather incessantly. Preminger and Webb were nominated for Oscars. Rating: 5/5.

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