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NOV 14, 2009


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'Leave Her to Heaven'

Why: Have you guys looked at Gene Tierney's face lately? Holy shit. The sleepy eyes, the smirky mouth, the iceberg cheekbones, the wispy veil of crazy. It's a hell of a face. Tierney's face (and the rest of her) was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for 1945's Leave Her to Heaven, now newly restored in 35 mm. As an attention-hungry wife—needy, psychotic, scary, somehow sympathetic—Tierney would rather kill her own child than share her husband's affections. Then things get worse. Cornel Wilde (just a so-so face on that guy) costars as the bewildered groom. (Grand Illusion, 1403 NE 50th St, 523-3935. 5, 7, and 9 pm, $8.)

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