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A Night of Noir: LAURA (1944)

DIRECTED BY: Otto Preminger

STARRING: Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb, Vincent Price, Judith Anderson



Post-film Q&A with film noir expert Michael Kovner


At the outset of the film, it is established that the title character, Laura Hunt (Gene Tierney), has been murdered. Tough New York detective Mark McPherson (Dana Andrews) investigates the killing, methodically questioning the chief suspects: waspish columnist Waldo Lydecker (Clifton Webb), wastrel socialite Shelby Carpenter (Vincent Price), and Carpenter's wealthy "patroness" Ann Treadwell (Judith Anderson). The deeper he gets into the case, the more fascinated he becomes by the enigmatic Laura, literally falling in love with the girl's painted portrait. Ruminating over the case and his own obsessions, he falls asleep while sitting in Laura’s apartment. Suddenly he is awakened by the sound of someone entering the apartment – and it appears to be Laura Hunt! Based on the suspense novel by Vera Caspary, LAURA was directed by Otto Preminger. The success of this film, both at the box office and with critics, cemented Preminger’s role in Hollywood for the next 40 years. In 1999, LAURA was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. The film was also named one of the ten best mystery films of all time by the American Film Institute.


Michael Kovner is a long-time Greenwich resident, having gone to Rye Country Day School before graduating from Trinity Pawling and then Lafayette College with a major in government. He did postgraduate work at Georgetown University in the Foreign Service School and at the University of Dijon in France. He also served as an officer in the U.S. Army. He is a decorated Veteran of Foreign Wars and a recipient of the Bronze Star (1st Oak Leaf Cluster) and the Army Commendation medal in Vietnam. While he is an accomplished VP and Managing Director with the real estate firm Brown Harris Stevens in his professional life, his personal passion is cinema. An avid Avon supporter and lover of film noir, he can repeat lines in his sleep, and he has probably spent more time in the dark confines of cinemas than anywhere else. His fascination with film noir began at a young age, starting with THE MALTESE FALCON all the way up to PSYCHO, which he first saw at the Avon. He has hosted numerous film noir screenings in Greenwich and is an audience favorite at the Avon.




RUNNING TIME: 88 minutes



Thursday, April 25, 2019 -7:00PM




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