Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Released: 1945
Genre: Drama, Genre, Romance
Director: John M. Stahl
Starring: Jeanne Crain, Cornel Wilde, Gene Tierney, ,
Run time: 110 min
IMDb: 7.6/10
Country: USA
Views: 101322


Novelist Richard Harland and socialite Ellen Berent meet on a train and are attracted to each other. They fall in love and decide to get married. They love each other, in spite of their differences. Ellen’s love for Richard is obsessive – possessive, and wants Richard all to herself. Richard learns to what extent Ellen will go to get what she wants,
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User Reviews: While most film noirs conjure up images of terror in black-and-white settings, ‘Leave Her To Heaven’ manages to fall into the noir category despite its lush technicolor scenery and handsome interiors. It’s a visually stunning example of "women’s noir" performed to the hilt by a talented cast. Only Cornel Wilde fails to deliver. He seems too weak as the author who impulsively marries a beautiful woman, only to find that beneath the lovely exterior is a warped mind consumed by jealousy. He never quite measures up to Tierney’s performance–seemingly sweet and kind but actually cold and cunning. Tierney has never been more beautifully photographed and looks stunning throughout. Jeanne Crain does well enough as the demure half-sister, rising to the occasion when the script demands a spunkier side to her personality. While the plot gets a little "heavy" at times, it’s a supremely satisfying melodrama played against some of the most beautiful settings imaginable. Alfred Newman’s music suggests the slowly developing tension. All in all, a fascinating example of film noir that succeeds despite technicolor. Another fine example of color noir might be ‘Chinatown’. Well worth seeing to watch a fascinating femme fatale at work. Gene Tierney deserved her Oscar nomination–but lost to Joan Crawford of ‘Mildred Pierce’.

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