April 29, 2009


Title: Laura
Year: 1944
Director: Otto Preminger
Writers: Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein & Elizabeth Reinhardt, based on the novel by Vera Caspary
Starring: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, Judith Anderson
Music: David Raksin
Distinctions: Oscar for Best Cinematography (black-and-white); Oscar nomination for Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor (Webb) and Best Art Direction/Interior Decoration (black-and-white); currently #242 on IMDb's Top 250
Synopsis: a murder mystery with some surprise twists
Length: 88 minutes
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), November 2008
Subjective Rating: 6/10 (Okay).
Objective Rating: 5/10 (points off for characters, dialog, cinematography, special effects/design and acting) c. 2.6/4 (Good).

It kept moving, and as a whodunnit it "keeps you guessing," as they say. But I didn't really care all that much who dunnit. Most aspects I took points off for were okay, just not exceptional.

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