n°192/ Swimming Pool

October 2015

by Nathalie Azoulai

While we usually remember her roles in Laura or The Ghost and Mrs Muir, should not we admire Gene Tierney in a less famous movie entitled Leave Her To Heaven, directed in 1945 by John Stahl? Just take a look at this peculiar domestic drama where the characters look like nightwalkers lost in a Technicolor nightmare, especially Tierney playing Ellen whose colors highlight the psychotic streaks and changes. First her green bathing suit while she's having a gentle swim, her red lipstick while she's planning a murder, her blue slippers while she's about to throw herself in the stairs. What could have been cheesy will never be because of these bright icy colors that give to psycho a threatening and freezing halo...

 Gene Tierney