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Preminger’s film noir masterpiece about erotic obsession, jealousy and deadly betrayal follows police detective Mark McPherson, as he investigates the recent murder of beautiful advertising executive, Laura. Through the testimonies of Laura’s nearest and dearest Mark soon becomes infatuated – can his final judgement really be trusted given that he has fallen for a dead woman? Laura is a brilliantly witty and taut social satire, and a superb example of the subtelty and sophistication of Hollywood crime movies.

Chosen for My Noir by

Terence Davies, director The Deep Blue Sea; Distant Voices, Still Lives.