Friday Film Club: Laura

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The theme for our second Friday Film Club discussion series is PORTRAITS–literal, narrative, existential and cinematic. The first film in the series is Otto Preminger's LAURA.

Join us along with Portland Art Museum docents for a post-film discussion in the Museum's galleries. Special admission: $5

US 1944
Widely hailed as one of the most influential and expertly crafted film noirs ever made, LAURA is also one of the greatest products to come out of the classical Hollywood studio system. The film was produced under difficult conditions at 20th Century Fox under the supervision of legendary producer Darryl F. Zanuck, who held a long-standing grudge against director Otto Preminger. Despite these difficulties, however, the film became an immediate critical and box office smash upon release. Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney), a young advertising executive, turns up dead one evening and cavalier New York City detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) is assigned to the case. McPherson begins investigating those closest to Laura, including her mentor, eccentric dandy Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), and her fiancé, soft-spoken southerner Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price). The investigation leads McPherson through Laura’s diaries and letters as well as a series of rose-tinted stories recounted by Waldo, Shelby, and others—all of whom have something to hide. Against the jaded cop’s best instincts, he finds himself falling in love with a ghost... watched over all the while by the haunting and transcendent portrait of Laura hanging on her living room wall. Winner of the 1945 Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

(88 mins.) 35mm print courtesy of the Library of Congress.
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By: Northwest Film Center