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746 Ratings

Leave Her to Heaven

Directed by John M. Stahl
United States, 1945
Film noir


A writer falls in love with a young socialite and they are married soon after, but her obsessive love for him threatens to be the undoing of both them and everyone else around them.

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Leave Her to Heaven Directed by John M. Stahl

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1946 | Winner: Best Cinematography, Color

1946 | 3 nominations including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

Ellen, in short, is as much a mystery as Laura is—but while Preminger delivered that mystery with precious little stylistic adornment, Stahl uses cinematographer Leon Shamroy’s voluptuous Technicolor palette and Alfred Newman’s operatic music to express its twisted main character’s impassioned psyche.
September 07, 2016
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Tierney’s performance—everything from her long, lean figure to her quivering, exotic expressions—was undoubtedly the best of her career.
November 18, 2015
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it is precisely the mismatch between the film’s gorgeous surface and its insidious cruelty that makes it, if not perhaps “plausible,” supremely disturbing and unforgettable. As she lies dying from swallowing arsenic—a scheme to frame her foster sister for her murder—Ellen’s face is bathed in white-gold light, a seraphic halo illuminating her final, diabolical crime.
October 22, 2015
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