Watch Now: EYES OF LAURA MARS
The 1978 neo-noir mystery thriller Eyes of Laura Mars started out as a treatment written by John Carpenter who had directed his first feature film a few years prior (the 1974 science-fiction comedy Dark Star). Upon finding a producer, he turned his treatment into a script and was set to direct. But when the project got funding from Columbia Pictures, Logan’s Run writer David Zelag Goodman was hired for a re-write and director Irvin Kershner replaced Carpenter in the director’s chair. Fresh off her Oscar win for Sidney Lumet’s Network, Faye Dunaway took the lead role after Barbra Streisand declined due to the story’s “kinky nature”.
The film Eyes of Laura Mars revolves around the titular character who works as a fashion photographer known for stylized violence. But the controversy surrounding her photoshoots turns out to be the least of her problems. Her world gets turned upside down when she starts having visions of her colleagues being murdered—with her perspective being that of the killer. The murders turn out to be real and lieutenant John Neville (Tommy Lee Jones) takes the case. Often considered an example of an American giallo on account of its plot and style, Eyes of Laura Mars is a thrilling murder-mystery that utilizes red herrings and a plot twist ending, while having a tone largely influenced by the constant flux and commotion found on the streets of 1970s Manhattan.