Mirrors #17

Wandering aimlessly through Laura’s apartment, his sense of uneasiness growing, as he almost visibly avoids Laura’s portrait, the detective (Dana Andrews) – who may very well be the most naturally taciturn man who ever lived – taciturn to the point of rudeness – gets a glimpse of himself in the mirror. He can only bear looking at himself for a second. He sees the truth in his own face, the truth all of his pacing is designed to avoid.

Mirrors, man. They WORK.

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4 Responses to Mirrors #17

  1. casey says:

    This movie! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it if you ever get the chance to write about it.

    • sheila says:

      casey – it’s a fave! I love its mystery and withholding. I love the fascination of the characters – they’re all so complicated and everyone is working a different angle. and I REALLY love this scene in particular – there’s no dialogue – it[s just him – there are no closeups – until the very final moment when he passesout in the chair. So he has to SHOW us this character’s dissolving into helpless love/obsession/whatever-it-is – with his body language. and Dana Andrews is just brilliant at it. He’s so restless – his face shows nothing – until almost the final moment. To me, it’s such a great example of how actors can tell a whole story with their bodies – they aren’t IN the story, the story IS them. if that makes sense.

  2. Ila says:

    I just saw Laura a few weeks back and loved it. That whole movie is an exercise in subversion. Gene Tierney is curiously cold and distanced while being the apple of everyone’s eye, Clifton Webb’s sexual ambiguity being out there coupled with a lack of romantic chemistry towards her, and Dana Andrews restlessly fighting the Grand Feminine (I’ll forever remember how Laura’s glistening portrait looms over him). I mean, unease permeates the movie.

    • sheila says:

      Love this! and Vincent Price! I forgot to mention him – just oozing charm and ineffectiveness. Kind of a silly man, really … and not really a valid alternative. He and Clifton Webb are the primary rivals. like … looking at that choice, You can totally understand why Laura is like “eff all of these people, I’m unplugging and going to the country and not checking in with any of them. I need some peace and quiet.”

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