10 EYE FILMS - #1 : EYES OF LAURA MARS

Sight is the sense prized most of all by movie-makers, and the inclusion of the word “eye” in a film title is not without significance, often alluding to subtleness, double-crossing or recursion. It is as if the producers wanted us to watch the movie twice, rather than letting us sit back and indulge in a lengthy tale. In an era when we are all under the surveillance of the electronic eyes of cameras phones, the question of eyes and what they see has never been more relevant.


 

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Eyes of Laura Mars (Irvin Kershner, US, 1978)

 

Fashion photographer Laura Mars (Faye Dunaway) has a premonition of her editor’s murder. Stylized sets and the fashion feel of a photo shoot sit slickly alongside photography by Newton as we take a glimpse through the eyes of the heroine.