RARA-AVIS: Re: Laura and film adaptation

From: bethfoxwell ( emfoxwell@lycos.com)
Date: 25 Jul 2006

Anderson missed a lot of facts in his review of the Feminist Press edition of _Laura_. Let's not forget that Vera Caspary was also an accomplished screenwriter (eg, _Letter to Three Wives_, 1949), and
_Laura_ started life first as a play, then as a 22-page screen treatment, before it became a novel, which suggests that Caspary had cinematic issues in mind from the earliest stages of _Laura_. In addition, Tierney made suggestions as to the portrayal of her character that Preminger accepted. Laura's testimony, present in the novel, was excised from the film version, unlike McPherson's or Lydecker's.

For more on _Laura_ and the significant influence of Wilkie Collins on Caspary, see A.B. Emrys's "Laura, Vera, and Wilkie: Deep Sensation Roots of a Noir Novel" (_CLUES: A Journal of Detection_, Spring 2005: 5-11) and _The Secrets of Grownups_, Caspary's autobiography (New York: McGraw, 1979).

Elizabeth Foxwell Managing Editor, CLUES: A Journal of Detection http://www.heldref.org/clues.php

--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, DJ-Anonyme@... wrote:
> Patrick Anderson reviews Vera Caspary's Laura in today's Washington
> Post:
> He starts off by saying what a big fan he is of the movie, but he had
> never previously read the book upon which it was based. A recent
> rewatching of the movie finally led me to pick up the novel, which had
> been sitting on my shelves for years, too. During this most recent
> viewing, I was pretty aware of the seams between the acts, so I wanted
> to see how the book handled it.
> Indeed, the book is most interesting for its early use of shifting first
> person sections. And it was an enjoyable enough read, even knowing the
> McGuffin. However, I am in total agreement with Anderson that the movie
> greatly improved upon the novel.

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