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Leave Her to Heaven 

When: Fri., Feb. 4, 8 p.m. 2011
Price: $5

Film noir is typically thought of as black and white—hell, it's there in the term. But a few rare films in the genre use color to create something just as unsettling as the shadows of the mean streets. Take 1945's Leave Her to Heaven, in which Gene Tierney plays one of the ultimate femmes fatale, though "psycho bitch from hell" would also be an apt description. After wooing Cornel Wilde because he reminds her of her dad (first red flag!), she then takes drastic steps to keep him all to herself, involving a number of "accidental" deaths, including her own unborn child. A favorite of Martin Scorsese, Leave Her to Heaven is grade-A melodrama that's aged quite well, with a sequence on a lake that's one of the most chilling scenes of 1940s cinema. The film kicks off the N.C. Museum of Art's noir series for February; Independent contributor Laura Boyes curates the series. —Zack Smith

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