Seminal Image #488

Leave Her to Heaven
(John M. Stahl; 1945)


Vanwall said...

Boy, do I love this film - possibly the best color film ever for outdoor visuals, and a lot of interior shots, as well; even evil scenes like this are rich and beautiful - Shamroy was at the top of his game. Not to mention Gene Tierney and Jeanne Crain at their prettiest - damn, they were heartbreakingly lovely in this film, sigh, and more than a match for their surroundings.

This particular episode, with Tierney sitting quietly in a rowboat, her sunglasses masking what must only be a sadistic joy, her gorgeous face still and un-emotional, watching Darryl Hickman - a handicapped character, no less! - floundering about, may be one of the most wrenchingly evil scenes ever - and it looks so damn beautiful while it's happening!

I don't know where Tierney's at on some people's lists, but she's up at the top of mine for beauty, and her portrayal of Ellen Berent makes it one of the top villians, ever, IMHO - she was a great actress here.
Poor Cornel Wilde - not pretty enough to carry off the gender-reversal end of this one - he just looked pussy-whipped. The film loses steam when Tierney's character is not there, proof that she was the dominant aspect to this one.


Mike D said...

a truly stunning scene once seen, NEVER forgotten.

as for tierney - my word she was beautiful. here is a nice photo for anyone interested

Richard Gibson said...

Very well put Rob. Another good Seminal Image would be as you intimate Tierney's reaction.

Tierney is top of my list right now.