Friday, November 16, 2012
The Laura Portrait
I've been looking over famous film portraits and you'll find a solid theme in them, and this is pretty universally recognized. A common theme in paintings, in film at least, is love, usually obsessive love. That's not surprising at all when you think about it. If a painting is commissioned it's taken time and money, so obviously care is in it. This of course, it not always how it goes, but I progress...
In Laura, Detective McPherson (Dana Andrews) becomes obsessed with a seemingly dead woman. The painting elicits his love and becomes his obsession. Of course psychologically, the love of the dead is a problem all its own, but we'll ignore that for now. In Laura, the obsessive love leads to no real harm. In other films (and you'll see shortly) that's not always the case.