Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) Poster


Barbra Streisand, who was originally attached to star as Laura Mars, sings the theme song "Prisoner" from this movie. It's the only song that Streisand sings from a movie in which she does not appear.
Tommy Lee Jones actually wrote his own monologue, unbeknownst to the Writers' Guild, but accredited it to film's director Irvin Kershner.
Barbra Streisand was originally cast before being replaced by Faye Dunaway.
The film is said to be an American example of the Italian 'Giallo' genre.
In both posters and newspaper ads, with taglines like "You can't always believe what you see..." Faye Dunaway's face appeared a little bit at a time, beginning just with the over-bright image of her eyes, and the rest of the facial features appearing in subsequent ads, until the face was featured completely in the final poster.
Faye Dunaway was dating ace British photographer Terry O'Neill at the time who coached her for the role. (They later married, then divorced).
Principal photography on this picture was a "closed set" to all non production personnel. Reportedly, producer Jon Peters threatened dismissal to anyone who revealed any of the script's critical or important story elements.
To prepare for her role as a professional photographer, actress Faye Dunaway observed and studied top professional photographers in America.
On-set rifts between producer Jon Peters and his cast and crew, particularly with lead star Faye Dunaway, were well publicized in the media. The relationship between Dunaway and Peters during filming has been described as being tense and strained.
First major studio film of writer-director-composer John Carpenter.
According to director Irvin Kershner, the brief moment in which Laura walks into her warehouse studio office and opens the window overlooking featured a glaring continuity error that required post-production lab work to fix. The wide shot of Laura at the window was cold in tone, while the medium shot was much warmer. Allegedly, editor Michael Kahn resorted to gradually altering and "warming up" the tone of the wide shot to better match the color temperature of the medium shot that follows. (For those who notice, this explains why the central area of the wide-shot suddenly shifts in color temperature.)
The spec script that John Carpenter sold producers was simply entitled "Eyes." It was extensively rewritten, the ending (and the killer's identity) was changed, and he had nothing to do with the final product, issued just months prior to his own breakout hit "Halloween."
The Laura Mars character is mentioned in Tori Amos' song 'Gold Dust' released on the 2002 album "Scarlet's Walk".
The 'Mad Magazine' parody of this movie was called "Eyes of Lurid Mess" and was part of Issue #206 published in April 1979.
Michael Miller was hired by Jon Peters to direct this film in 1976, but was replaced in 1977 by Irvin Kershner because of "creative differences".
In the film's prologue, the "author" photograph of Faye Dunaway glimpsed on the inner dust jacket of the prop book "The Eyes of Mars" is from a 1977 sitting with American photographer Francesco Scavullo (1921-2004).
According to his diaries Lindsay Anderson declined the chance to direct as he thought the script was awful.
The sequence where Laura Mars (Faye Dunaway) photographs models against a background of cars burning with fire took four days to shoot at Columbus Circle in New York City.
The production shoot for this movie went for 56 days.
First ever credit as a producer (an associate) for Hollywood producer Laura Ziskin.
Faye Dunaway uses a Nikon FM (fitted with an MD-11 motor drive) for her fashion shoots.
Prop photos supplied by Helmut Newton and Rebecca Blake.

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