Starring Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, and Clifton Webb, Otto Preminger's classic 1944 film noir Laura, one of the best in the genre, will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' series “Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood's Dark Side” on Monday, May 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Laura will be introduced by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Scott Frank (Out of Sight, Minority Report).
Based on the novel by Vera Caspary, Laura earned four Academy Award nominations: Screenplay (Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein and Betty Reinhardt), Actor in a Supporting Role (Clifton Webb), Black-and-White Art Direction (Lyle Wheeler, Leland Fuller; Interior Decoration: Thomas Little) and Directing (Otto Preminger), in addition to winning an Oscar for Joseph LaShelle's superb black-and-white cinematography.
At 7 p.m. the noir cartoon short Flora (1948) and the episode “The Guillotine” from the 1941 serial Adventures of Captain Marvel will be screened as part of the evening's pre-feature program.
"Oscar Noir” is a summer-long series featuring 15 film noir classics from the 1940s, all of which were nominated in writing categories. Including Laura, there are 13 screenings remaining in the series. (Right: Vincent Price and Gene Tierney.)
For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.
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Mirjana Karanovic, David Thornton, Here and There
Featuring David Thornton, European Film Award nominee Mirjana Karanovic (for Grbavica in 2006), Cyndi Lauper, Branislav Trifunovic, and Antone Pagan, Darko Lungulov's Here and There was Serbia's initial submission for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. (The film was disqualified because it contained too much English-language dialogue.)
Here and There follows a jaded middle-aged New Yorker who goes to Serbia to make some quick cash by marrying someone in need of U.S. immigration papers. His plan goes awry when the promised cash never arrives. Meanwhile, a young Serbian immigrant struggles to eke out a living in New York, while desperately trying to bring his girlfriend from Serbia to the United States.
Winner of the Best New York Narrative Award at the Tribeca Film Festival, Here and There is currently playing at Laemmle's Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills.