Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)
Directed by: Irvin Kershner
Written by: John Carpenter, David Zelag Goodman
Actors include: Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif
Length: 104 minutes
At first I was really excited about this, I mean Faye Dunaway as a photographer who takes pictures of violence and sex who gets wound up in a murder mystery. This couldn't sound more like an American giallo if it tried, and yes it actually is one. It starts out clever and colorful like a Brian De Palma thriller but soon you know this is nowhere near as good for the flashy momentum it gained disappears entirely. Soon you are left with a boring talky with fuzzy glimpses of the murder scenes (an eye stabber...how Italian) that Faye seems to have. She suffers from violent and sexy visions that she replicates in her work so of course she is moved to the suspect list. It's really a whodunnit with crimes you never get to see clearly and it's so far from engaging that the decent ending this does have was too little too late. It does show promise in many ways, it's beautifully filmed and such but in the end, it's really just about average.
Availability: On DVD