woman awakes from a nightmare… her name is Laura Mars (Dunaway)... disturbed by the dream she gets out of bed and pursues some photographs, she then picks up a book ‘The Eyes of Laura Mars’ and leafs through it… in the pages she sees the face of the victim murdered in her dream.
Laura Mars is a controversial fashion photographer in New York City… It is here that Laura’s penchant for merging sex and violence in her work is causing great controversy.
On the opening of her latest photographic journal at a downtown gallery, the feminist press is baying for her blood and she encounters a charismatic stranger who is offended by her work… he seemingly doesn’t realize he’s talking to the actual artist though. The evening is further blighted by the news that the woman murdered in Laura’s dream has in fact been murdered.
Next day, Laura is down on a photo shoot when suddenly she experiences visions of a menacing presence stalking a woman. Upset from the vision she takes a break, but the vision soon returns showing the killer attacking the woman, which happens to be another one of her fashion world associates.
She rushes to the scene but is evidently too late as the police are already there… she tells the officers that she ‘had seen’ the crime. She is arrested and taken in to custody for questioning. The investigating homicide officer, Lt. John Neville (Lee Jones) just happens to be the gentleman who had taken offence of her work the previous evening.
He shows Laura photos of previous crime scenes… she has replicated them exactly in her own fashion work… this was his reason for staking her out at the gallery.
As the film continues the visions…premonitions… become more frequent as her associates from the fashion world, who all featured in her book, are murdered one-by-one. She inevitably becomes romantically involved with Lt. John Neville as he attempts to shield her from the mysterious maniac killer who is craving up the fashion world!
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By: Stuart Fitzgerald
The film has an impressive all star cast… Faye Dunaway was fresh from winning the Academy Award for ‘Network’ (1976). Tommy Lee Jones was in his first starring role, the ever-impressive Brad Dourif supported along with other established actors like Rene Auberjonois and Frank Adonis.
The movie comes across like a flawed love story/big budget version of an Italian giallo… a multiple murder mystery with a tantalizing twist reserved for the final scene. The backdrop of the New York fashion industry ensures that the mysterious ice-pick killer gets to murder plenty of pretty faces in a blend of eroticism and sadism… true giallo style which attempts to evoke Mario Bava’s ‘Blood and Black Lace’ (1964) and the work of Dario Argento.
Faye Dunaway is probably the most unconvincing fashion photographer I’ve ever seen. Her attire makes her more akin to a librarian or frumpy schoolteacher than controversial photographer who merges sex and ultra violence in her work… although we know the old adage about judging by appearances I spouse. She plays the tormented, neurotic psychic side of the character well enough though.
Tommy Lee Jones revels in his edgy detective role and seems to enjoy getting all steamed up with Faye Dunaway… his romantic roles have been few and far between of course.
The film just about works and is regarded as a cult classic in some quarters.
The provocative photos in the film where actually taken by world famous photographer Helmut Newton.
Director Irvin Kershner 70s resume reads ‘Loving’ (1970) with George Segal and Sterling Hayden, the Barbra Streisand comedy ‘Up the Sandbox’ (1972). ‘S*P*Y*S’ (1974) which starred Elliot Gould and Donald Sutherland, as well as ‘The Return of a Man Called Horse’ (1976) with legend Richard Harris. He also directed the impressive TV film ‘Raid on Entebbe’ (1977). His 80s highlights include ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ (1980) and the unofficial James Bond film ‘Never Say Never Again’ (1983) with Sean Connery.
John Carpenter co-wrote the screenplay. He wasn’t to happy with the finished product as David Zelag Goodman re-wrote the ending but had the satisfaction of seeing his low budget horror ‘Halloween’ (1978) totally eclipse ‘…Laura Mars’ at the box office that year.
Barbra Streisand sang the theme of the movie. [Thanks to Rudy]
A lyric in the song "Gold Dust" by Tori Amos refers to the movie. "You can see in the dark, through the eyes of Laura Mars" [Thanks to Daniel]
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