Laura (1944)

Passed   |    |  Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery


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A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he is investigating.


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  • Gene Tierney and Judith Anderson in Laura (1944)
  • Joseph LaShelle and Otto Preminger in Laura (1944)
  • Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in Laura (1944)
  • Dana Andrews and Clifton Webb in Laura (1944)
  • Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in Laura (1944)
  • David Raksin in Laura (1944)

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5 January 2007 | BaldyCotton
great film -- too bad about the DVD commentaries
What an excellent film. I love noir, and Laura rings nary a false note. I just viewed the 2005 DVD and the video is very sharp.

Please do go and get the disc (definitely worth it), but a word of warning about the extras: Sorry to drop the P-bomb, but Jeanine Basinger's (and, to a lesser extent, Rudy Behlmer's) commentary is beyond-the-pail pedantic. How wonderful that Maestro Basinger has benefited from having the Gene Tierney archives at Wesleyan U., but sophisticated viewers of 2007 do *not* need to have enormous blocks read to them in the commentary feature; have rudimentary film language terminology defined and hemmed/hawed about for long stretches; have the commentator list every film that each actor participated in. Can you say "filler"? Perhaps one aside of Tierney's letters here or there would be useful, but the shopping lists are endless. Please studios, monitor the commentaries that are done on these great films! I do not need to have an academic explain to me at great length what the purpose of a flashback is, etc., etc. And--wow!--I had no idea that the painting of Laura was actually a doctored photo (explained ad nauseam in every corner).

Here's hoping the Leave Her to Heaven disc is spared such treatment in the extras.

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