Laura (Otto Preminger)

by Srikanth Mantravadi

This is a brilliant movie. Gene Tierney is so luminous and irresistible as the eponymous character that Preminger’s attempts to pitch her as a vulnerable object of desire can’t but succeed. The storytelling is economical and sparse but the writing is excellent. Perfect noir.

Preminger takes a subject that is laden with inexorable noir movie themes like passion and crime and weaves it with some symbolism and poise. Even for a relatively short runtime (Around 88 minutes) it never feels hurried because it is not so much the unfolding that Preminger is bothered about but the exploration of human desire and longing.