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Posted: 07 March 2024 at 09:29 | IP Logged Quote Jamie234

After the murder of Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney), a well-
known businesswoman in New York, Detective Mark McPherson
(Dana Andrews) is tasked with solving the case. Although
he promised a quick investigation, his job is difficult
because all potential murderers seem to have an alibi and
claim their close relationship with Laura. First there is
Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), author of an influential
newspaper column, whose influence is valued and feared in
the city's high circles. He tells McPherson that he was
Laura's sponsor and played a key role in her business and
social advancement. Over time, his relationship with
Laura became an important part of his life, which is why
he didn't like it when she started dating Shelby
Carpenter (Vincent Price). As Laura's subordinate, he
tried several times to get her attention, which he
finally succeeded in, until Laura finally fell in love
with him. Since, in Lydecker's opinion, Carpenter took
advantage of Laura, he is the main suspect.

Of course, Carpenter also has an alibi and is looking for
someone else to blame. However, the more McPherson learns
about Laura, the more the case becomes a dangerous
obsession for the police officer, who can no longer think
clearly. When he locks himself in Laura's apartment for
many hours in order to be closer to her, a twist occurs
in the case that not only McPherson could not have
predicted, but that casts events in a completely new

Men's worlds

The character Laura Hunt was born in a story by author
Vera Caspary. In the 1920s and 1930s she had to keep
herself and her widowed mother afloat with a whole series
of jobs and therefore sold many of her stories and novels
to magazines, magazines and ultimately to Hollywood.
Trying to navigate a male-dominated business world was
one of the reasons for Ring Twice for Laura, a two-part
short story that formed the basis for the script for Otto
Preminger's film Laura. The film, considered a classic of
film noir, is a dark story of obsession and manipulation,
focusing primarily on men who use their reputation, charm
and money to manipulate others for their own ends or to
shape them.

Above the fireplace in Laura's apartment is a large
painting depicting her, which appears to be illuminated
to make it clear what the focus of the room is. Again and
again, not only the viewer and therefore the camera's
gaze falls on the picture, the male characters also look
up to Laura and still seem to be in love with her. Film
Noir as a genre explores the depths of people, both moral
and emotional, but it is also an insight into society
that we as viewers are provided with. In Laura we also
get a glimpse into ourselves, as we - like the characters
in the film - form a picture of a person before we even
get to know them. Laura is a character who only comes to
life in the men's stories, which make her a kind of myth,
but without coming close to the human being as such. It
seems almost ironic that we hear a lot about Laura, from
Waldo and from Shelby, but actually learn little about
the person herself. We hear more about the superficiality
of these characters when they are more interested in
their version of this woman and less in the person she
really is.

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A woman's narrative

Laura seems, especially in the first half, like a film
noir version of Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. We learn
about the different versions or narratives about a
person, but ultimately we see little about the person
themselves. The title character, played by Gene Tierney,
seems to be used to this or surrenders to it, as it
enables her to advance in society and a kind of
independence that no one can take away from her. However,
the moment it is clear that she has achieved this status,
the trap is closed and offended vanity may turn into an
act of violence. Vincent Price and especially Clifton
Webb play characters who have succumbed to the Laura myth
and don't really know what to do with the real person.
Dana Andrews as an investigator stands between the two
extremes, the facts and the narratives, and thus a web in
which he threatens to get lost.

Edited by Jamie234 on 07 March 2024 at 09:31

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Posted: 16 April 2024 at 20:24 | IP Logged Quote jace7283

At the end of the film, Laura confronts the truth about her
past and the people around her. She discovers that her
boyfriend, Max, has been manipulating her and using her for
his own gain. This realization leads Laura to break free
from Max's control and assert her independence.
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Posted: 11 May 2024 at 12:47 | IP Logged Quote edwardi293

"Laura" is a classic film noir from 1944 directed by Otto
Preminger. The ending of "Laura" is a twist that reveals
the true identity of the murderer, which
do it yourself credit
may have been surprising to audiences at the
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