- Posted: 12:09 PM, May 10, 2012
Probably Hollywood's most popular film noir at the time of its original release -- at $5 million, doubling the take of the previous year's "Double Indemnity'' to become Fox's top-grossing film of ANY genre in the '40s -- "Leave Her to Heaven'' stars Oscar-nominated Gene Tierney as a woman so insanely possessive of her new husband (Cornel Wilde) that he lets his handicapped teenage brother drown in a Maine lake. And that's just for starters; unfortunately Gene's old boyfriend (Vincent Price) is the prosecutor.
The Christmas Day 1945 attraction at the old Roxy on Seventh Avenue at 50th Street is also one of the most ravishingly beautiful three-strip Technicolor films, winning an Oscar for Leon Shamroy's cinematography and a nod for its gorgeously elaborate interiors -- this is the only film with houses I'd love to live in. It's showing Saturday at 7 p.m. as part of the "Fashion in Film'' Festival on the huge screen at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36th Avenue and 37th Street, Astoria, Queens.
For Mother's day, MMI is offering both Michael Curtiz's original "Mildred Pierce'' starring Oscar-winner Joan Crawford and Todd Haynes' 2011 330-minute HBO remake with Kate Winslet. Ann Roth's costumes from the latter are on display at the museum.