Leave Her to Heaven

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Post-film discussion with Neil LaBute! DCP projection

“The American family melodrama at its most neurotic. Rich girl Gene Tierney decides that the only way she can corner the affections of her husband (Cornel Wilde) is to eliminate his beloved younger brother, so she drowns the boy in a lake on a beautiful Technicolor day. John Stahl’s 1945 film is so lurid that it seems to exist on another plane of reality: it may be absurd, and even risible, but its single-minded concentration has its own kind of fascination and power. The great cinematographer Leon Shamroy shot it, and the artificial brightness of the 40s color adds yet another level of abstraction—the actors seem enameled against the backgrounds. With Vincent Price, Jeanne Crain, and Ray Collins.” – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

  • Country USA
  • Rating NR
  • Year 1945
  • Running Time 110 minutes
  • Director John M. Stahl

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