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Murder, Obliquely

Cornell Woolrich's enigmatic look at a Plain Jane falling for a heel turns into an eerie look at the suppressed longings of the two principals. Though director Alfonso Cuaron coaxes only a flat interp from Laura Dern as heroine-narrator, Alan Rickman and Diane Lane are on-target.

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Cast: Laura Dern, Alan Rickman, Diane Lane, Robin Bartlett, Patrick Massett, Michael Vartan, John A. Zee.

Cornell Woolrich’s enigmatic look at a Plain Jane falling for a heel turns into an eerie look at the suppressed longings of the two principals. Though director Alfonso Cuaron coaxes only a flat interp from Laura Dern as heroine-narrator, Alan Rickman and Diane Lane are on-target.

The yarn’s lighting and aura enhance Amanda Silver’s adaptation, and if the answer to the riddle becomes quickly obvious, it doesn’t matter: Cuaron’s use of undercurrents creates its own suspense, and the ending is as it should be.

Peter Bernstein has provided a suitably moody score interspersed with archival background recordings. Emmanuel Lubezki’s camera prowls unerringly through the Frank Lloyd Wright house and the woman’s digs, as Cuaron hands the drama a diamond-hard edge.

Murder, Obliquely

(Sun. (19), 10:35-11:05 p.m.)

Production: Director, Alfonso Cuaron; writer, Amanda Silver; story, Cornell Woolrich.

Crew: Camera, Emmanuel Lubezki; editor, David Siegel.

Cast: Cast: Laura Dern, Alan Rickman, Diane Lane, Robin Bartlett, Patrick Massett, Michael Vartan, John A. Zee.

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