A movie I discovered in the 80's and which I saw numerous times on VHS then. Flamboyant melodrama or Film Noir in colour, the question is still open. Among a lot of superb scenes, the first meeting between Tierney and Wilde in the train deserves a prominent place in Movie history. Anyway, with John Brahm and John Cromwell, John M. Stahl is one of the three Hollywood Johns waiting for recognition. Masterpiece.
There are few things that get me going like a Technicolor melodrama. This, while having some quirks, remains one of the most magnificent examples of this. In a way, I feel magnificent is the only way to describe it, what the filmmakers had in mind when they made this. As I've said, it's not perfect, but Gene Tierney is remarkable and in the end, the film is very enjoyable.
The drowning scene is justly famous and Tierney is perfectly picturesque evil but the rest of it is rather stiff and staid (Stahl's direction is especially dull). There's no sex in your violence, Leave Her to Heaven.
Technicolor noir, who would've thought it works so well? Alright, well the Technicolor photography is a bit overrated here, but the sheer entertainment of the melodrama more than makes up for it. Gene Tierney is a goddess and anyone who disagrees has no taste in women.
Let me get this straight, we're supposed to take Doc's story at face value even though he only heard most of it second hand from Ellen's husband and sister, neither of who were around to witness some of the alleged events and the latter of whom stood accused of Ellen's murder? Sounds like a frame up to me. Ellen has my sympathy even if, nah, especially if she didn't want Danny around. Feels dreamlike cause they lied.