Leave Her to Heaven

(1945, dir. John M. Stahl, 110 mins.) | Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde

Leave Her to Heaven (1945). 20th Century-Fox/Photofest ©20th Century-Fox.

This 1946 Academy Award winner stars Gene Tierney as a green-eyed, scarlet-lipped femme fatale in one of only two film noirs shot in Technicolor. Ellen and Richard meet on a train. They rendezvous at her parents’ New Mexico ranch, and quickly tie the knot. But Ellen’s pathological jealously drives her to very dirty deeds at a placid Maine lake house. Shot by Leon Shamroy, 20th Century Fox’s leading cinematographer at the time, the film’s photography contrasts its lovely lacquered images with a deliciously sinister, oh-so-Freudian story. Restored 35 mm film print courtesy of Criterion Pictures USA.

Preceded by Charade trailer.

Co-presented by the Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival

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