Irvin Kershner (April 29, 1923 – November 27, 2010) was an American film director and occasional actor, best known for directing Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Never Say Never Again and RoboCop 2.
Irvin Kershner’s background was a mixture of music and art. The study of music (violin, viola, and composition) was the most important activity of his early years. He attended the Temple University – Tyler School of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Later, he went to New York and Provincetown to study with the famous painting teacher Hans Hofmann. He then moved to Los Angeles where he studied photography at the Art Center College of Design.
He began his film career at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, teaching photography and taking cinema courses under Slavko Vorkapić, a montage artist and then dean of the School. Kershner then accepted a job as still photographer on a State Department film project in Iran under the Point Four Program, which… read more
Stylistically appealing to look at, but there's only so much damsel-in-distress histrionics I can take, especially since you know whodunnit from the moment you hear the culprit's first lines. When there's a homicidal nut in your home, perhaps you should go for the gun first, not the rotary phone that you already failed to dial once before. One might call it natural selection, not serial killing.
I really wanted to love this film, and at times I did. Kershner is obviously inspired by the italian giallo genre; like Lucio Fulci's The Psychic from 1977. There are some great shots and visual ideas presented here. Overall, though, Eyes of Laura Mars is an atmospheric thriller above average with great performances from Tommy Lee Jones and especially Faye Dunaway. Sadly, the writing isn't up to the standard.
Goodman’s screenplays include Straw Dogs, Logan’s Run, Eyes of Laura Mars and the 1975 Farewell, My Lovely.