Big screen classics

Laura

Otto Preminger’s gleefully perverse murder mystery is packed with surprises and memorable performances.

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USA 1944
Dir Otto Preminger
With Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price
88min
Digital
Certificate U

Otto Preminger’s film of Vera Caspary’s novel is a pleasingly perverse and subversive variation on the classic murder mystery, with a police detective (Andrews) becoming morbidly mesmerised by a painted portrait of the young woman whose violent death he’s investigating. A compellingly cynical study of high-society manners, fueled by a witheringly witty narration by unashamedly egotistical columnist Waldo Lydecker (Webb).

The screening on Wednesday 8 September will be introduced by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-Large.

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