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Laura (1944) Directed by Otto Preminger “Are the processes of the creative mind now under the jurisdiction of the police?” This is the first of many such pompous inquiries that define Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), one of cinema’s most iconic jilted lovers. The object of his affections is the eponymous Laura (Gene Tierney), represented by an ever-presiding portrait that inspires creative infatuation from the perpetually cool Preminger regular Dana Andrews, whose laid-back presence allows the Austrian...
Carol Directed by Todd Haynes Opens November 20 The first time I saw Carol, when the credits rolled, a critic cried bravo, which I immediately took as a protective gesture for a film that had not gripped me, had somehow lacked the passion I felt the two characters—Rooney Mara’s young shop clerk Terese and Cate Blanchett’s philandering housewife of the title—must feel. Ordinarily, I would be the one rolling my eyes a little at the standard complaints...