Average Rating for Laura  - 4 out of 5
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Laura Kevin Ryan
Had enough of gritty, seedy film noir? Want something sophisticated and seductive, a taut intriguing murder mystery that's also a psychologically subtle examination of love and male attitudes to women? Trust me, that's exactly what you want. Beginning with the discovery of the beautiful title character Laura dead in her uptown apartment this film follows a tough laconic cop as he investigates the victim's friends and admirers. The story has a strange dreamlike quality enhanced by beautiful, atmospheric cinematography and a hauntingly lush score. The performances of Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, and Judith Anderson are faultless but it is Clifton Webb's role as Waldo Lydecker - a camp, arrogant dandy unable to open his mouth without delivering a biting put-down - that achieves iconic status. Vincent Price is also terrific in one of his earliest roles as a Southern playboy: "I can afford a blemish on my character, but not on my clothes" The script is smart, funny, complex and psychologically astute; it is not so much a film about murder as a study of character, secrets and obsessions. This is a classic, stylish film noir and one of director Otto Preminger's greatest movies. Just be careful you don't end up obsessed with Laura too.
Laura michael rutt
From the heady days of Hollywood film noir, comes this hauntingly unforgettable romantic thriller presented on this DVD release, in a first class remastered version, complete with some fascinating extra features.
Maestro, Otto Preminger is the assured director and the movie offers five remarkable performances, from stunning beauty Gene Tierney in the eponymous role, suave Dana Andrews as the detective who falls madly in love with the "deceased" heroine, laconic Clifton Webb as the effete journalist, friend of Laura and finally from the sophisticated Vincent Price and the elegant Judith Anderson - both in early supporting roles, showing great promise of things to come.
Add to this David Raskin's memorable score, which was later adapted into a standard song, which has been recorded literally hundreds of times and you have the ultimate combination of talent, resulting in a five star cinematic experience!
Adapted from a play by Vera Caspary, this is a rare example of how a work, initially intended for the theatre, can with the right combination of flair and imagination become a classic and timeless movie masterpiece.
Complete with clever dialogue and enough plot twists to please even the most cynical or jaded viewer, the scintillating script is full to the brim of memorable sequences and surprises. Indeed to reveal too much of the storyline in a review, would only jeopardise the viewer's consummate enjoyment of watching this story for the first time.
There is also a real chemistry between Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews and this adds greatly to the overall success of "Laura".
Thankfully no film company has yet attempted a remake, as this film represents a rare perfection seldom achieved in the annals of American thrillers.
For sheer class and style, this involving drama is hard to beat and makes a very welcome addition to the DVD library, which can be viewed time and again and still, remain magical and unique...
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