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Monday, July 23, 2012

Eyes Of Laura Mars (1978)

A high fashion photographer (Faye Dunaway) has visions of murders as they are happening. But the murder victims are her friends and colleagues and it's only a matter of time until she is the final victim. This glamorous and stylish thriller based on an original story by John Carpenter (HALLOWEEN) and who co-wrote the screenplay is a striking mood piece when it sticks to the thriller aspect but is less successful in the romance department. The romance between Dunaway and Tommy Lee Jones as the police detective investigating the case is sabotaged by some very awkward dialog. Dunaway's wound up neuroticism has never been used to better advantage on the screen. Directed by Irvin Kershner (THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK) with a nervous verve which give the film its tension. Dunaway's photographs in the film are by Helmut Newton. The jumpy score by Artie Kane is quite good which can't be said for the awful title song sung by Barbra Streisand. With Raul Julia (he's terrible!), Brad Dourif (excellent), Rene Auberjonois, Darlanne Fluegel, Meg Mundy and Rose Gregorio.

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