Laura par T.M.P.

Laura par T.M.P.

12 octobre 1944. Le passant cinéphile est abasourdi. Un critique du New York Times a osé écrire que Gene Tierney n’était pas à la hauteur dans le dernier film d’Otto Preminger, Laura. Direction le cinéma le plus proche pour se faire sa propre idée. Et se fendre d’une lettre bien salée à ce T.M.P. histoire de lui apprendre son métier.

Critique d’époque :

« When a murder mystery possessing as much sustained suspense, good acting and caustically brittle dialogue as Laura, which opened yesterday at the Roxy, comes along it might seem a little like carping to suggest that it could have been even better. As the story of a strangely fascinating female who insinuates herself into the lives of three very worldly gents, much depends, of course, upon the lady herself. This is made quite evident in the beginning of the story when considerable interest and curiosity is generated over the murder of Laura Hunt, and the two rivals for her affections make quite a to do about her intriguing attributes to an inquiring detective.

Yes, you get the idea that this Laura must have been something truly wonderful. Now, at the risk of being unchivalrous, we venture to say that when the lady herself appears upon the scene via a flashback of events leading up to the tragedy, she is a disappointment. For Gene Tierney simply doesn’t measure up to the word-portrait of her character. Pretty, indeed, but hardly the type of girl we had expected to meet. For Miss Tierney plays at being a brilliant and sophisticated advertising executive with the wild-eyed innocence of a college junior.

Aside from that principal reservation, however, Laura is an intriguing melodrama. Suspects are plentiful enough, if not too pointed, and Vera Caspary gives the whole addle an added measure of complexity by having the supposed corpse turn up very much alive at about the half-way mark. Her reappearance was quite timely, too, nor it was becoming obvious that even the detective was coming under Laura’s spell – a situation which doesn’t present itself every day in crime novels, much less on the screen.

Clifton Webb, making his film debut in Laura as the acid-tongued columnist, Waldo Lydecker, is sophistry personified. His incisive performance is, however, closely matched by that of Dana Andrews as the detective. Mr. Andrews is fast proving himself to be a solidly persuasive performer, a sort of younger-edition Spencer Tracy. Other performances are contributed by Vincent Price, Judith Anderson and Dorothy Adams. Only Miss Tierney seems out of key. Perhaps if Laura Hunt had not had such a build-up, it would have been different. Anyway, the picture on the whole is close to being a top-drawer mystery« . Par T.M.P. pour le New York Times.

Dana Andrews face à Clifton Webb devant le portrait de Gene Tierney

T.MP. considère que Laura aurait dû être une exceptionnelle réussite. Mais voilà, Gene Tierney, pour lui, n’est pas à la hauteur de l’entreprise, est hors de propos. Retournez le voir monsieur T.M.P. Il semblerait que nous n’ayons pas vu le même film…

Ma chronique bien plus positive par ici.


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36 réflexions sur « Laura par T.M.P. »

  1. By Morton Marton from the group Noir Films Pre-Noir to Classic : « Whoever T.M.P is, they’re morons. Dana Andrews was smoldering and intense…and Price and Webb were so over-the-top (they needed to be) that Tierney and Judith Anderson had to keep a tight reign on their emotions. She was wonderful, as was the entire cast. Preminger, SOB that he was…got the best out of everyone involved ».

  2. By Kirk Shaudys from the group The World Of Noir : « Perhaps this review would’ve been better if the reviewer understood counterpoint. The reason Laura is so intriguing and that so many are attracted to her is that she is different from the rest of them, not to mention prettier. The reviewer probably saw himself in some of the other characters, so related more to them than a character he didn’t understand in a part beyond his comprehension ».

  3. By Doug Edwards from the group The World of Noir : « She was excellent: no reason to go over-the-top Hollywood in her role. This film is an impeccable, instant classic ».

  4. By Patricia Venning from the group Classic Film Noir Theater : « To me, Gene, and how beautiful & elegant she was naturally, was one of the things that made the film. ✨ She was everything her « mentor » (Clifton Webb) described to the detective. She was anything but bland?!?!😮?!? I own this film; it’s one of my favorites ».

  5. By Robert Prainofrom the group Classic Film Noir Theater : « Disagree w/his opinion of Ms. Tierney’s performance but he gets kudos for being one of the few who appreciate the tremendous talent of Dana Andrews ».

  6. By Katy Hennessy from the group Classic Film Noir Theater : « Interesting. I always thought Clifton Webb was too ‘over the top’ ».

  7. Jeffrey PeterDavid Klienman from the group Classic Film Noir Theater : « Like an Ass everyone’s got one . I don’t love this movie cause it drags – but Gene is never an issue ».

  8. By Elliot Skydel from the group Film Noir Addicts Anonymous : « Laura is the mcguffin. She’s the prize but nobody cares. She can’t eclipse the supporting cast. Her performance begs the question: what’s so special about Laura? Webb’s description of her doesn’t show in her performance ».

  9. By Mario Hendriks from the group CLASSIC FILM NOIR (1940 -1958) : « Gene Tierney emanated a naivety in Laura that was very fitting for her character and due to that her performance is a subtle masterpiece. Vincent Price was right when he said that the success of Laura was mainly due to Gene Tierney ».

  10. By Scott Coral from the group CLASSIC FILM NOIR (1940 – 1958) : « Mario Hendriks, as many have suggested Tierney was Laura. But, many have defining roles throughout there careers, whether movies ot TV. That’s not to say, someone could have done as good. Put Lizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, Vivien Leifh, I grid Bergman, and of course, Hedy Lamaar ».

  11. By Robert Praino from the group CLASSIC FILM NOIR (1940 – 1958) : « Mario Hendriks, Naive? Hmmm. I think she was very shrewed. She played the men in her life to advance her career. I don’t think she’s naive at all, in fact just the opposite. A real shame about this movie is that several scenes of Waldo taking her shopping had to deleted. Had they remained I think there might a re-thinking of Laura’s naivety. OMO of course ».

  12. By Mario Hendriks from the group CLASSIC FILM NOIR (1940 – 1958) : « Robert Praino I think she was naive when it came to Waldo Lydecker and that it took her a while to see through him, as she basically states later in their penultimate scene. In 1990 one old scene was restored again ».

  13. By Sharon Difrancesco from the group CLASSIC FILM NOIR (1940 – 1958): « Mario Hendriks, I agree completely. Gene Tierney embodied that part. Dana Andrews, Vincent Price , Clifton Webb, were excellent, but Laura would not have become the beloved Classic that it is without the Luminous Gene Tierney as Laura ».

  14. By Vance Wittie from the group CLASSIC FILM NOIR (1940 – 1958) : « Since Laura is as much a creation of the male egos around her as a person in her own right, she has to stay a little…well…out of focus let us say. Tierney, as some have pointed out, had the hard-to-pin-down quality the part demanded ».

  15. By Frank Nims from the goup CLASSIC FILM NOIR (1940 – 1958) : « Stillness and quietude because the whole movie revolves around her. If she had interacted with the others more, it would have been a very different film, and not necessarily a better one ».

  16. By Vanessa Lee Knutsen from the group CLASSIC FILM NOIR (1940 – 1958) : « The real Laura…good at business. Good also at cooking up breakfast …peeks out. Dana Andrew’s character is surprised…but pleased. Waldo Lydecker Sneers about The policeman’s ball…but I get the sense that the real Laura will thoroughly enjoy such a seemingly mundane event…The movie hints at what the book shows more. The detective looks deeper…and finds a woman who is real ».

  17. By David Kloth from the group CLASSIC FILM NOIR (1940 – 1958) : « Gene Tierney was perfect as Laura. « Laura » is a practically perfect picture show ».

  18. By Bill Oppenheim from the group CLASSIC FILM NOIR (1940 – 1958) : « That’s the point. Everyone is sold on the image. Same with Vertigo, « But she’s only a dream…. ».

  19. By Sharon Difrancesco from the group CLASSIC FILM NOIR (1940 – 1958) : « Gene Tierney WAS Laura. No one else could have played her ».

  20. By Sharon Wallace Wheat from the group CLASSIC FILM NOIR (1940 – 1958) : « Agree Gene Tierney is « Laura ». There was an ethereal quality to her that enhanced her performance giving it credibility. There is no one in that cast who could be replaced, although Waldo Lydecker in book weighed 300 pounds. Laird Cregar would have fit the chatacter, however Clifton Webb was perfection in the role ».

  21. By Keith Norman from the group CLASSIC FILM NOIR (1940 – 1958) : « I agree that’s the point. The movie’s not about her, but her as she lives in other people’s head ».

  22. By Mike Corso from the group Classic Film Noir Lovers : « Say what??? Laura is a film that is a Film Noir masterpiece!!!!! It is flawless in every aspect, a stellar cast, art direction, production, an excellent script. How can anyone that follows classic movies not like Laura?? »

  23. By Robert Johnsen from the group Classic Film Noir Lovers : « Wait, WHAT? Tierney IS Laura. The movie would be nothing without her. Who wrote this? »

  24. By Vickie Havard from the group Classic Film Noir Lovers : « Gene Tierney was Perfect as Laura! She was anything but bland, and I was particularly impressed that she Acted to save herself. Waldo observed, “There was something about that girl….” and Tierney had that elusive quality that is unforgettable; I can imagine no one else as Laura.
    The only failing regarding Laura is in Waldo’s remark about Jacoby’s inability to capture “her warmth, her vitality” which MUST have been included when Rita Hayworth was expected to be Laura, for it seems to fit Hayworth—but except for that description, the appeal of Laura is that of a beautiful, intelligent, ambitious ballerina who is always dancing just beyond one’s reach ».

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