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Laura

(DVD - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Laura


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A detective is hired to find out who killed their daughter. Soon, he falls in love with her picture.
Title: Laura
[videorecording]
Publisher: [Beverly Hills, CA] :, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment,, 2004, c1972
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (87 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in
Series:
Notes: Special features: Extended movie version with alternate opening -- Commentary by composer David Raksin and Wesleyan University Film Professor Jeanine Basinger -- Commentary by film historian/author Rudy Behlmer -- Documentaries: "Gene Tierney: a shattered portrait" and "Vincent Price: the versatile villian" as seen on Biography on the A&E Network -- Deleted scene with optional commentary by Rudy Behlmer -- Theatrical trailer
Originally released as a motion picture in 1944
Adapted from the novel by Vera Caspary
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Summary: A detective is hired to find out who killed their daughter. Soon, he falls in love with her picture.
Audience: MPAA rating Not rated
Branch Call Number: LAURA
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Report This Apr 03, 2014
  • mercedes1947 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The ultimate Gene Tierney flick. Tierney's allure makes Andrew's obsession with, not just solving her murder, but falling in love with a dead woman absolutely believable. Supporting cast is perfection. Andrew's no nonsense detective is the perfect foil for the high society eccentrics, all suspects, he must one by one, thread his way through, to get at the truth. This is the most perfect murder mystery of all time.

I have watched this film several times over the years and still enjoy it after each viewing. The musical theme is haunting, and the cast, both the stars and the supporting players, are a joy to watch.

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although I did enjoy this highly celebrated Otto Preminger classic, I wasn't as flabbergasted as I expected to be, after all of its hype. I may be overly critical, but several things just didn't FEEL right with it. Coincidentally, I read Roger Ebert's review, and he voiced most of my issues with it perfectly. Quote: " ''Laura" (1944) has a detective who never goes to the station; a suspect who is invited to tag along as other suspects are interrogated; a heroine who is dead for most of the film; a man insanely jealous of a woman even though he never for a moment seems heterosexual; a romantic lead who is a dull-witted Kentucky bumpkin moving in Manhattan penthouse society, and a murder weapon that is returned to its hiding place by the cop, who will ''come by for it in the morning.'' The only nude scene involves the jealous man and the cop." End quote. I don't know what Laura saw in Waldo from the get-go. He was creepy (and twice her age). Shelby was no prize either. And what was up with Detective McPherson and that ball bearing baseball game? Anyways, Gene Tierney (who had a really sad life off screen) was an absolutely stunning beauty, and she alone made the movie enjoyable for me.

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Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Shelby Carpenter (to Laura): "I forgot to tell you, I also read palms, I swallow swords, I mend my own socks, I never eat garlic or onions, what more could you want of a man?"

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Waldo Lydecker (to Laura): "In my case, self-absorption is completely justified. I have never discovered any other subject quite so worthy of my attention."

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Waldo Lydecker (to Laura): "Young woman, either you have been raised in some incredibly rustic community, where good manners are unknown, or you suffer from the common feminine delusion that the mere fact of being a woman exempts you from the rules of civilized conduct. Or possibly both."

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Waldo Lydecker: "Tell me, why did they have to photograph her in that horrible condition?" Detective Mark McPherson: "When a dame gets killed, she doesn't worry about how she looks." Waldo Lydecker: "Will you stop calling her a dame?"

Report This Dec 17, 2012
  • Monolith rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Waldo Lydecker (narrating): "I shall never forget the weekend Laura died. A silver sun burned through the sky like a huge magnifying glass. It was the hottest Sunday in my recollection. I felt as if I were the only human being left in New York. For with Laura's horrible death, I was alone. I, Waldo Lydecker, was the only one who really knew her, and I had just begun to write Laura's story when another of those detectives came to see me. I had him wait. I could watch him through the half-open door. (clock chimes) I noted that his attention was fixed upon my clock. There was only one other in existence, and that was in Laura's apartment, in the very room where she was murdered."

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