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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...
Metropolitan (1990) Directed by Whit Stillman “You don't have to read a book to have an opinion on it.” No filmmaker has ever captured precocity as precisely as Stillman, whose characters’ hyperarticulate naïveté (and quaint preoccupation with sexual virtue) could hardly inspire a response other than the filmmaker’s own pleasure in dialogue playful for its own sake, and lovingly indulgent endings. Stillman’s subsequent Barcelona, The Last Days of Disco and Damsels in Distress would treat...

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