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"Ellen always wins.",
This review is from: Leave Her To Heaven [DVD] (DVD)
Lovely Ellen (Gene Tierney) meets handsome Richard (Cornel Wilde) and is instantly attracted to him because he is so like her late, beloved father. Although she's engaged to someone else, she marries Richard just days after meeting him. Her neurotic possessiveness means she can't allow anyone else near him - not even his disabled brother or unborn child - and now she's worried that her sister (Jeanne Crain) is in love with him. When her obsession finally drives him away, Ellen has one more trick up her sleeve; she'll punish both Richard and her sister from the grave.
This surprisingly dark and intense drama is made even more effective by its three beautiful stars and stunning location photography. Ellen goes from being odd to certifiably insane rather quickly; it was unnerving to have the star be the villain in 1945 and it still is. She is a master manipulator, callously offing her competition for Richard's time and affections while looking like a fashion-plate. Tierney was nominated for Best Actress for her performance, which gives me chills and yet I love to watch again and again. This is an unusual story, beautifully filmed and perfectly acted.