Laura [Otto Preminger, 1944]: my short review published online in One Hundred Words Magazine [no longer available):-
Otto Preminger’s 1944 film noir classic returns to the big screen in a gloriously restored version which does full justice to this richly textured whodunit.
The film is worth seeing for the beautifully subtle black and white cinematography alone, but there is so much else to appreciate. The story, an investigation into Laura’s death with nicely judged surprises along the way, is structured with skill, while the script is full of sharp and witty dialogue. Above all, the themes of destructive love, obsession, and selfishness are vividly portrayed in a drama full of fascinating, unusual characters.
It’s a cinematic treat.