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Paul Jensen

LAURA (1944) 4 stars

Laura represents hopeless love - the unattainable one. To be in love with a ghost. This theme is explored to perfection in this classic film noir. It's a textbook example of a great mystery that truly keeps you guessing until the end. The layers of intrigue sneak up on you and the underlying sense of evil is classic Preminger. Every character is a little flawed. It has one of the all-time greatest turning points and an unforgettable score that captures the yearning for unrequited love expertly. The film's influence is far-reaching, everything from Vertigo to Shutter Island. Simply put, it's easy to fall in love with Laura.

Genre: Film Noir
Director: Otto Preminger