Introduced by Patricia P. Hubbard, patron of the arts and member of the MFAH film committee

In this classic film noir directed by Otto Preminger, a detective (Dana Andrews) investigating the murder of Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney) finds himself falling in love with her painted portrait. As he investigates and interviews the scoundrels, charlatans, and egomaniacs of New York society with whom Laura surrounded herself, the detective is lured in by their universal testimony as to Laura’s decency, charm, and intelligence. Caught up in this unseemly passion, he begins to see his investigation as a battle for the dead woman’s soul.

“Few movies make you feel dirtier, and so perversely grateful for the pleasure.” —Time Out

“Less a crime film than a study in levels of obsession, Laura is one of those classic works that leave their subject matter behind and live on the strength of their seductive style.” —Chicago Reader

Patricia P. Hubbard shares her memories of “Laura” in a post on the MFAH blog.

• Read about “Laura in Diabolique Magazine, Cinephilia and Beyond, and Senses of Cinema.

• Read in-depth analyses of the film (with spoilers) in Politico and A Sharper Focus.

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Otto Preminger
Running Time
88 minutes