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1,950 Ratings


Directed by Otto Preminger
United States, 1944
Film noir


A police detective falls in love with the woman whose murder he’s investigating.

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Laura Directed by Otto Preminger

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1945 | 4 nominations including: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

1945 | Winner: Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

Under Preminger’s cold, hard direction—with only David Raksin’s famously swooning score giving off any inkling of passion—there’s no easy moralizing toward this glamorously elusive figure. She is who she is, and perhaps knows not what she does to the men around her. The murder mystery might be solved at the end, but the mystery of Laura herself remains.
September 07, 2016
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The famous still of detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews), collapsed in a chair in front of the portrait, half-drunk and mesmerized, is the stand-in for scores of viewers of the film, haunted by its power to reflect back our own dreams and desires—for a past or imagined love, for the return of something lost, for anything at all.
June 15, 2016
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Preminger’s strategically ornate mise-en-scène allows for the film to slip easily between memory and the present, setting the model for all subsequent mysteries devoted to the haunting influence of the past. Resplendent and assured, Laura endures through its recalcitrant aesthetic distance as one of the standout noirs from the form’s golden period.
December 09, 2015
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