129 Great Directors: Otto Preminger

“There were giants in the industry. Now it is an era of midgets and conglomerates.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Laura and some other work.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Laura.

What Did I Watch: Daisy Kenyon.

Where Does He Fit: What makes Daisy Kenyon such a knockout piece of melodrama is hard to articulate, so thank goodness for its small but very passionate fanbase that points out how everything about it is designed to pull out the rug from under you: the way the characters never stop speaking the truth yet it all seems so romantic and not cruelly blunt, the camera movements and noir shadows that lend to a heightened reality, the character expectations being confounded at all times when their stresses push them into territories that are covered by the others in the threesome. It’s a strange series of pleasures that is only slightly undone by an ending that rewinds to an easier point.


Most Valuable Asset: Camera movements that match the emotions.
Most Excited For: Anatomy of a Murder.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes, definitely.

Coming Up Next: Jane Campion, the first woman to win the Palme D’Or.

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