The story of a love that became the most fearful thing that ever happened to a woman!
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating.
A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he's investigating.
Gene Tierney Dana Andrews Clifton Webb Vincent Price Judith Anderson Dorothy Adams Wally Albright Bobby Barber Harry Carter Lane Chandler Dorothy Christy James Conaty Ralph Dunn Jean Fenwick Clyde Fillmore James Flavin Bess Flowers Lee Tung Foo William Forrest Frances Gladwin William Graeff Jr. Beatrice Gray Sam Harris Kathleen Howard Yolanda Lacca Frank LaRue Kay Linaker Gloria Marlen Thomas Martin Show All…
The perfect noir comedy of desire, an erotic refraction played in dapper proximity to Hitchcock (what’s taken from Rebecca is passed on to Vertigo). The famous opening introduces aristocratic Manhattan as a perfumed glass cabinet, a whip pan followed without pause by a dolly-in reveals Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb) in his bathroom soaking like Marat, venomous typewriter suspended above a marble bathtub. Queenly aesthete and viperish columnist ("sentiment comes easy at 50 cents a word"), he finds a Galatea in Laura (Gene Tierney) and helps her ascend from Madison Ave. go-getter to shimmering socialite. A disfigured corpse brings out the blue-collar detective (Dana Andrews) and the shady bourgeoisie: a sponging playboy (Vincent Price), the "lean, strong body" easily toppled, and…
Blown away. I can't believe that this movie exists and that I hadn't seen it until now and that it achieves as much perfection as it does in under 90 minutes. This is absolutely essential viewing for any fans of film noir and particularly for anyone interested in the femme fatale as a symbolic cinematic figure. It's also the first time I've really been bowled over like this since I discovered and fell in love with The Conformist back in May. Anyway:
"My mother always listened sympathetically to my dreams of a career. Men taught me another recipe."
Laura (Gene Tierney) is dead. Shot in the face with a shotgun. Detective McPherson (Dana Andrews) is on the case, and he's…
Noir-November Challenge! Movie #22
Polished Film Noir that hits all the right notes despite the absurd plot twists! A visual banquet for the eyes! The actor that made this film simply delicious was surprisingly enough Clifton Webb!
An incredible film about male projection. LAURA initially plays into the cliché that tends to type all movies that start with the focal character dead, wherein the viewer gets to feel like that person is an active, driving character for the force they continue to exert on the living. But in this case, when Laura is revealed to be alive, her actual presence throws everything that came before into disarray, revealing that image driving the story to be nothing more than the idealized visions of different men in love with her. I've been wanting to watch this movie for years (it spent a solid year near and at the top of my Netflix queue but the disc was always rented out), but never knew anything about it. Imagine my surprise to get not only a great noir an incredibly ahead-of-its-time reflection on noir's pedestal problem.
I am going to make an assumption that this classic film is a personal favourite of David Lynch. The film starts after the murder of a beautiful young woman named Laura. Every male character, both young and old, seems to be in love with her. A detective attempting to solve her case even falls in love with her posthumously after listening to other people's recollections and falling under the spell of her bewitching portrait. Sounds familiar? Well, a friend of a friend is a friend of mine, and so I am a little in love with this Laura, too.
I have always enjoyed the device of rendering the main character by the impressions they have left behind in their absence,…
Part of my War Years Challenge
Ah, film noir. If you are a fan, this film is a pure delight, winner of the Oscar for Best Cinematography, Black & White and nominated for four additional Academy Awards, including Best Screenplay and Art Direction. Otto Preminger was shortlisted for the Best Director Oscar, while Clifton Webb was named among the nominees for Best Supporting Actor. It's a case study in the making a masterful monochromatic mystery.
Dana Andrews plays police detective Lieutenant Mark McPherson, assigned to investigate the shotgun murder of advertising executive Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney). She was apparently killed in her apartment on a Friday night, and over the weekend her friend Ann Treadwell (Judith Anderson) identifies the faceless body,…
A traditional murder mystery with interesting characters and great performances. The stoic lead portrays calm and collected skepticism perfectly as he wades through the lies and deception. He knows people aren't telling the truth, but he doesn't let them know that he's aware of their lies. So many possible perpetrators, but who's the killer? and why? Laura tells a noir whodunnit and even though the genre has been beaten to the death, the story still manages to feel fresh and have an impact. The mid-revelation was easily my favorite aspect of the story, hundreds of movies lead me to believe it was going to be a particular trope, but then it turned out to be something completely different. The only…
Gene Tierney is gorgeous and Dana Andrews is pretty hot.
A well crafted movie.
An essential noir title, Laura is the complete package. Gorgeous, moody photography; cracker-jack dialogue; great twists; and psychologically scarred characters. The film opens with a curveball: the titular Laura (Gene Tierney, never better) has already been shotgunned to death in her posh apartment, and roughneck detective Dana Andrews is on the case. His investigation takes him into New York high society, crossing paths with Laura's gigolo boyfriend (a foppish Vincent Price) and an acerbic gossip columnist (Clifton Webb). As his inquiry continues he becomes more unhinged, developing an unhealthy obsession with the deceased. To go further into the plot would detract from the delight of watching director Otto Preminger's meticulously crafted story unfold in beautiful black and white. One of the all-time classics.
Week 46 of the 2018 Cult Movie Challenge. This week is Film Noir Week.
Solid noir film. I give a lot of props to films of this era that can keep me interested, this was short enough that it never lingered too long on stuff that was unimportant. There were some good twists, some good whodunnits and overall it was fun. Not perfect but still very solid.
Underrated and nobody talks about this movie. I saw this bluray at Walmart and gave it a shot! Really solid mystery film and very good black and white cinematography!
Our Laura. La pregunta sería si Laura existe, o en qué momentos existe. Ciertamente es más interesante verla desde la perspectiva desde otros personajes, como cuando McPherson la construye, y se enamora, en base a las posesiones de una mujer que supone muerta, o como cuando Lydecker refleja en narración una obsesión por una construcción que considera propia pretendiendo un enamoramiento que siempre mantendrá platónico, o como cuando Ann se mide contra ella para mostrar como no es la persona correcta para Shelby porque no contiene la cantidad de maldad necesaria para amarlo de verdad. Es perverso pero uno quisiera que cada opción fuera posible: la necrofilia de McPherson, la posesión de Lydecker, la maldad oculta de Laura, incluso la infidelidad de Shelby, aunque en menor grado, cada una haría una película genial que la película en sí no siempre termina de desarrollar, pero es padrísimo que exista como posibilidad. Esa incertidumbre del que cada personaje podría ser culpable.
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everyone has a list of classics that just didn't work for them. I guess Laura is on mine.
Noir classic that often fires on all cylinders. Vincent Price is great as always and I have never seen him this young. Really twisty movie.
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