The plot becomes convoluted with numerous twists and turns,put that aside and this is a extremely well made noir.Preminger did a hell of a job directing this with his choice of shots.Clifton Webb as Waldo is fuckin hilariously witty and just plain awesome in here,he has quotes for dayz.
The powerful theme of a man falling in love with a dead woman's idealized persona is tragically brushed aside in favor of exploring a pack of pretentious, self-impressed gluttons who spend the entire film eating lunch, bathing and spouting fluffy, indulgent, look-how-clever-I-am quips.
The fact that everyone around Laura is trying to hide something, however innocuous, makes things even more ambiguous. The uncertainty of it all can be felt. Even though the actual character of Laura Hunt doesn’t appear in the flesh until well into the movie, the power of the presence dominates everything. Preminger is in complete control throughout.
the greatest image comes from the great power of love. it seduces you, embraces you, creates you, manipulates you. there are only superfluous characters in this film, characters that only derive from laura's love/power over them, yet they ascend by creating they're own impressionist impression from this femme fatale. laura isn't just imagery, it's life, and ultimately, death.
Maybe I'm reading too much into this, but I have my suspicion that the everything after the twist is a dream. This would work thematically as the whole film seems to be a examination into how men idolize women as trophies and the detective seems quite allured by just the picture of Laura. Even if that isn't the case, this is still one of Preminger's best with impeccable performances and writing.
Simple yet captivating. What I loved about his movie is the acting, they were consistent and well-played all through the end, not to mention the fine lines they wrote back then..Wish hollywood got writers like they have back then today..