July 04, 2012
David Raksin composed the sentimental score, which includes the now classic title song (it lingers over every dramatic scene like smoke from a blown out candle, tainting the atmosphere). The music turns Laura into some kind of grand soap opera, kept in check by Andrews, who's as hard and unflowery as Laura is soft and beautiful. That may be why Laura remains a popular example of silky, melodramatic film noir: it has a perfect mixture of overindulgence and efficiency. It was directed by Otto Preminger, and adapted from Vera Caspary's novel by Jay Dratler, Samuel Hoffenstein, and Elizabeth Reinhardt.