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Laura (1944) Directed by Otto Preminger Leave Her to Heaven (1945) Directed by John M. Stahl Their surfaces couldn’t be more different: Laura a chilly black-and-white mystery noir, Leave Her to Heaven a lurid Technicolor domestic melodrama. And yet, place both these films next to each other, and some fascinating convergences emerge beyond featuring the same leading lady. In Preminger’s film, Gene Tierney plays the titular object of three different men’s obsessions: detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews), newspaper...
Kamikaze ’89 (1982) Directed by Wolf Gremm “He’s always in the Police Disco when I need him.” Resplendent in head-to-toe leopard print, Rainer Werner Fassbinder (in his last on-screen appearance) is Jansen, the ruthlessly intuitive ace inspector of Police Unit 16, charged with chasing down a bomb threat in the glassy high-rise headquartering the media monolith whose third annual “Laughing Competition,” featuring cackling, caged contestants, Running Man smoke machines and Rocky Horror makeup, evoking a...

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