Leave Her to Heaven (1946)
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Gene Tierney portrays a beautiful but unstable woman who marries successful novelist Cornel Wilde. Tierney wants to spend all her time with her new husband, but finds it impossible to do so thanks to his work and the frequent visits of family and friends. When Wilde's crippled younger brother (Darryl Hickman) comes to the couple's summer house to stay, Ms. Tierney indirectly causes the boy to drown. Later, upon discovering that she's pregnant, Tierney deliberately falls down the stairs, choosing
Dec 20, 1945 Wide
Feb 22, 2005
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Stahl's use of space and the performances in Leave Her to Heaven...suggest he was at least the equal of the much-exalted Sirk as an artist of melodrama.
As for the brother's death, with Ellen looking on coolly in white robe and shades, it remains one of the most perturbing in the history of Hollywood.
Has emotional power in the jealousy theme but it hasn't been as forcefully interpreted by the leads as it could have been in more histrionically capable hands.
It may be absurd, and even risible, but its single-minded concentration has its own kind of fascination and power.
One of the most intensely cruel and lurid film noir ever made, John Stahl's excessive melodrama features Gene Tierney in an Oscar nominated performances as a cold-blooded murderess.
Mental illness never looked so seductive or bit with such a ferocious over-bite as from Gene Tierney's demented character.
Everything is beautiful in Leave Her to Heaven. In fact, too beautiful.
A fevered yet clinical study of jealousy, Leave Her to Heaven is probably John M. Stahl's best-known film.
Notable for its exquisite Technicolor cinematography, used in direct contrast to the story's dark, noirish qualities.
Though the story is involving enough to make this film a classic, it is perhaps more rightly renowned for its Technicolor cinematography and original set and costume design.
Most splash-color, outrageous soap ever; Tierney is fabulous
Classic story of the ultimate narcissist.
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