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(YouTube) Video Saturday Cinema - The Eyes of Laura Mars, 1979 - A photographers see murders in her dreams as her clients are bumped off. Faye Dunaway stars with a bizarrely young Tommy Lee Jones   (youtube.com ) divider line
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2014-01-25 10:12:19 AM  
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Okay, this one is obscure. In fact, it's so obscure that no cinema-length movie trailer is on You Tube despite it being Fay Dunnaway's first film after winning an Oscar for Network.

The spec script that John Carpenter sold producers was simply entitled "Eyes." It was extensively rewritten by a parade of people including Tommy Lee Jones. Even the ending and the killer's identity was changed. If Carpenter minded, it may have been lost in the shuffle because a few months later he had a hit of his own on his hands called "Halloween".
Regardless, this disco-era supernatural thriller plugged on and somehow got made.

One of George Lucas's film school teachers was hired to helm the film. After working on this, Irving Kershner went on to direct the greatest Star Wars film to date, The Empire Strikes Back.
Kershner later said "I didn't believe in Eyes of Laura Mars. I believed in the idea I began with, but I did not believe in what was imposed on me during its production." Even so, and despite mixed reviews, the seven million dollar film raked in $20 million.

Here's a puff documentary made about the film.

At the time, feminism was hard-line 'rape is the practice, porn is the theory' and depicting a woman as being a sex photographer was clearly intended to titillate and sell movie tickets. I remember a much older woman photographer discussing the film with me and describing some of the imagery as being hateful towards women.

Of course, it came out that Helmut Newton (NSFW), the great kinky fashion photographer supplied many of the prop images for the film. Fashion photographer Rebecca Blake is also credited as a photographer but looking at her work, it seems to me that Newton was greater influence.

As I get a bit older, looking a the film now I see some things that I didn't when younger like: the set decorator for Laura Mars's apartment is clearly a man. In this case, John Godfrey who is probably a nice fellow for all I know but for Heaven's sake, what women chooses big square furniture and battleship grey for her living room? I'd let it pass but the images by Newton are clearly a male gaze that unless Laura's the world's most closeted lesbian, don't make sense. I also think she was shooting 35mm more than was typical of fashion at the time which would have been 120 and 4x5. (In comparison, Playboy's stellar photography of the period was using 8x10s for their centrefolds and upwards of 50 strobes for their centrefolds.)

Deep Space Nine's Rene Auberjonois was criticized for playing a stereotypically gay assistant but apparently was a parody of some celebrity whose importance has vanished into the mists of the disco era.

Barbara Streisand was originally approached to play the photographer. Her hairdresser turned producer approached her with the script and she turned it down. She nevertheless decided to record a song for the film and it did reasonably for her. However, it doesn't match the film and probably no longer fit because of the extensive rewrites and changes during production. Though  it doesn't seem as bizarrely tacked on as Sylvester Stallone's brother warbling at the end of Rambo 2.

The film was edited by Speilberg's mainstay editor, Michael Khan.

The ad campaign used several nearly black versions of the poster. As the box office date drew near, the face became clearer and clearer, finally revealing the typical Eyes of Laura Mars poster.
Imagine if any other photographer had been chosen? Say Garry Winogrande, Bill Owens or Henri Cartier Bresson?

Link to last week's Saturday Cinema.
 
2014-01-25 11:20:21 AM  
 
2014-01-25 11:57:34 AM  
Is this supposed to link to the entire movie? I thought Saturday Cinemas were supposed to link to the whole movie...
 
2014-01-25 12:07:21 PM  
I remember the ad campaign. Never realized until now this had been written by John Carpenter.
 
2014-01-25 12:42:00 PM  

LesserEvil: Is this supposed to link to the entire movie? I thought Saturday Cinemas were supposed to link to the whole movie...


Either they stopped a few weeks ago, or Youtube is becoming quicker in pulling full movies. That's why I prefer the saturday MST3K.
 
2014-01-25 12:54:19 PM  

LesserEvil: Is this supposed to link to the entire movie? I thought Saturday Cinemas were supposed to link to the whole movie...


Orders came down from Fark High Command to not link to full movies any more.
 
2014-01-25 01:20:38 PM  
Never saw the movie, but my dad had the soundtrack album in his collection and when I used to thumb through the collection as a little tyke (I loved music almost from birth) and I'd come across that album and the cover scared the shiat out of me. The eyes were scary to a 4-year-old darch.
 
2014-01-25 01:23:45 PM  

rebelyell2006: LesserEvil: Is this supposed to link to the entire movie? I thought Saturday Cinemas were supposed to link to the whole movie...

Either they stopped a few weeks ago, or Youtube is becoming quicker in pulling full movies. That's why I prefer the saturday MST3K.


Are there any real life  on the web MSTK3 like synchronized video watching chat services?

IE shows a video synchronized to anywhere from 2 to 20 or 2 to 1000 people, lets them chat in a sidewindow?
 
2014-01-25 01:24:04 PM  
I enjoyed this movie when it came out, but partly because my high-school drama teacher, after quitting teaching, was cast as one of the cops in the movie.  I wondered why it's mostly disappeared from "view".
 
2014-01-25 01:51:01 PM  
Damn, Tommy Lee had a glorious mop of hair, didn't he? Sexy!
 
2014-01-25 02:34:42 PM  
first movie I ever saw titties in.
 
2014-01-25 08:56:10 PM  
Orders came down from Fark High Command to not link to full movies any more.\\\

What if they're public domain? Tons of great PD stuff on Archive.org!
 
2014-01-26 01:09:40 AM  

Imaginativescreenname: Orders came down from Fark High Command to not link to full movies any more.\\\

What if they're public domain? Tons of great PD stuff on Archive.org!


I was  thinking about that, say the 39 Steps with Donat. It's in the list.
 
2014-01-26 02:48:21 AM  
 
2014-01-26 10:50:12 AM  
The best thing about that production was the soundtrack, and I'm no fan of disco.
 
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