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March 01, 2009

Leave Her To Heaven (Classic Film Pick)

Leave_her_to_heaven Martin Scorsese famously called director John M. Stahl's 1945 post war Technicolor masterpiece "a film noir in color." Gene Tierney uses her pale blue eyes to stark unemotional effect as Ellen Berent, a femme fatale seductress who lays a marriage trap for successful author Richard Harland (played by Cornel Wilde). Ellen is an obsessive compulsive whose insular idea of wedded life excludes everyone except the man she holds onto with a death grip. Vincent Price plays Ellen's jilted former fiance in this lucious thriller filled with chewy dialogue, great costume designs, and lakeside locations to die for. Mental illness never looked so seductive or bit with such a ferocious over-bite as from Gene Tierney's demented character.  

(A+) (Five Stars)

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