Let me preface this by saying that I haven't yet seen more than just the opening to Laura.
"A charming character study of furniture and faces."
The fact that an "empty" room is the first thing you see when the picture comes up puts heavy significance on the room and the items in the room. Statues, cases of glass-work, a prominent shot of the clock, cases of china, a wall of masks, and all the lavish furnishings seem to suggest that this as-yet-unseen person, Waldo Lydecker, is a rich man of leisure with the opportunity to travel and a taste for nice things. From his voiceover and the