Monday, August 13, 2012
"Leave Her to Heaven" (1945)
We meet Ellen, Ruth and Richard in a train scene where everything about Ellen seemingly separates her from her family, including her clothing. She has this imperious attitude with everyone though I suspect she would not have acted that way around her father. Throughout the movie we see how her and Richard’s relationship develops and we slowly come to an understanding about who Ellen really is, despite the face she puts on for everyone else.
I loved seeing Vincent Price in this because it’s nice to see him in roles when he was younger, before he moved into his horror movie phase. I laughed when the dog started barking after a knock on the door as I made a joke that evil was approaching and there he was! He was great, especially in the court room scene although it started to get a bit hyperbolic towards the end.
As for the moral of the story, it’s communication people. If Ellen had just talked to Richard about how she felt about their relationship, how she felt about her sister and how she wanted time alone with Richard because Danny kept turning up like a bad penny, this could have all been avoided. Possibly. Maybe. Probably Not At All.
Rating: If you're a fan of classic movies and like Film Noir, you should own this and not let it get too dusty from lack of attention.