(PG, 1:42:10, Released 1945)
|Genres:||Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics|
|Release Date:||Dec 28, 1945|
|DVD Release Date:||Feb 19, 2002|
|Starring:||Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay, Jess Barker, Rosalind Ivan, Samuel S. Hinds, Arthur Loft, Vladimir Sokoloff, Charles Kemper|
|Directed by:||Fritz Lang|
|Synopsis:||Masterfully directed by Fritz Lang, Scarlet Street is a bleak film in which an ordinary man succumbs first to vice and then to murder. Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson) is a lonely man married to a nagging wife. Painting is the only thing that brings him joy. Cross meets Kitty (Joan Bennett) who, believing him to be a famous painter, begins an affair with him. Encouraged by her lover, con man Johnny Prince (Dan Duryea) Kitty persuades Cross to embezzle money from his employer in order to pay for her lavish apartment. In that apartment, happy for the first time in his life, Cross paints Kitty's picture. Johnny then pretends that Kitty painted to portrait, which has won great critical acclaim. Finally realizing he has been manipulated, Cross kills Kitty, loses his job, and because his name has been stolen by Kitty, is unable to paint. He suffers a mental breakdown as the film ends, haunted by guilt. Kitty and Johnny are two of the most amoral and casual villains in the history of film noir, both like predatory animals completely without conscience. Milton Krasner's photography is excellent in its use of stark black-and-white to convey psychological states. Fritz Lang is unparalleled in his ability to convey the desperation of hapless, na´ve victims in a cruelly realistic world. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi|
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fb733768972November 11, 2011
Never have I encountered a film that involves a painter, where I actually cared so much about what happened to him. I felt terrible every time he was lured into another trap. This film revolves around the life of a cashier as he paints for fun on the side. His dream is to eventually sell his paintings, but can never find anyone to purchase them. As this married man becomes emotionally involved in another woman, she lies in order to steal the paintings to sell for herself. He finds out and actually thanks her. He falls into every trap known to man, and in the end, you will truly feel sympathy for his actions. This beautiful "film noir" definitely deserves a ranking among the top of it's kind. With great acting, truly emotional storytelling, amazing transitions and shots, "Scarlet Street" (although very slow moving and dated) is a brilliant example of the classical paradigm. I absolutely loved this film!
March 21, 2011
Edward G. Robinson is cast against type as the timid and meek Chris Cross in this truly classic film noir that starts with a chuckle and ends with a wrecking ball straight to the gut.
October 18, 2010
Robinson gives a fantastic performance in this movie, and the story is so perfectly tragic, I loved it, especially the ending. If you love Robinson or are interested in the movie because of the plot synopsis, check it out.
February 24, 2008
Pitch perfect noir. On of the best examples of the genre I can think of. It's no surprise it comes from a master of German expressionism: Fritz Lang.
December 15, 2007
a sarcastic story of unrequited love interwined with triangled tension and deceiful absurdity. none of the three leads are mutually in love. chris(robinson)loves kittie but kittie(bennett) loves johnny....but johnny only loves himself. it's like circular food chain with the natural evil scheme of cruelty and relentless exploitations. gruesomely it's disguised in the name of love. as for robinson, contrary to his little caesar tough guy image in 30's, he plays a mild-mannered sap with preposterous naivety to allow himself being consumed piece by piece without conscious. it's also some black humor within his gullibleness, a sort of bitter pleasure to witness a man's downfall but you can't help but be callous about his tragedy. appropriate fodder for cynicists even with the spoiling minor-taste of cliched predictability. (you could foretell his doom within the 30 mins you watch the flick.)
November 26, 2007
Edward G. Robinson plays the world's biggest sucker as Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea take him for a ride. Fritz Lang's direction is at its height (at least the height of his American movies) of its powers. Bennett is one of the screen's most rotten femme fatales stewing in vulgarity and Duryea is about as slimy and as likable as AIDS. The courtroom scene was as great as Robinson's paintings and the scene (actually scenes) where Robinson finally loses his shit is (are) fantastic. It seemed to violently (no pun intended) change gears a little too late, but still not bad. A great example of film noir.
April 6, 2007
joan bennett is a great noir villianess, rotten to the core.
June 13, 2013
I've been wanting to compare this side by side with The Woman in the Window from the year before. They have a lot in common. I happened to watch this one first and decided it is a bit better. Both thrillers are directed by Fritz Lang. Both star Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett with Dan Duryea and Arthur Loft in supporting roles. Milton Krasner photographed both as well. They both include a painting of Bennett, the use of radio ads to set the scene, and a murderer trying to cover up their crime under pressure. Here's how they differ. Dudley Nichols adapted this screenplay in which Robinson is a mild mannered cashier with a shrew of a wife, who does not approve of his painting hobby. His name is Chris Cross. It's a funny name, but I like it. Chris is soft spoken and completely taken in by Bennett's character Kitty when he thinks he saves her from a thug in an alley. The thug is really her scum of a boyfriend Johnny (Duryea). Kitty is a hot-blooded femme with a lot of attitude, who can play Chris like a virtuoso. They decide to pull the wool over Chris's eyes and guilt him out of some cash, so they can live on easy street. Johnny's plan involves cheating him out of earnings for his art. Who's the biggest dope though? He is not really the rich and famous artist they think he is. The murder happens late in the story, then the mood shifts. The investigation leads to convicting the wrong man and Chris is driven mad by guilt. The camera work, use of shadows in the last act, and skipping record earlier in the tale make this movie more difficult to forget.
August 21, 2012
Melodrama at it's best. Fritz Lang is officially one of my favorite directors. My eyes where glued to the screen the entire time. What I really liked about the acting was the over the top emotion the characters gave. I guess it was okay to overact considering that this film features situations in which people would get emotional. I really liked the direction. I have noticed that I prefer direction style of the classics. I preferred the way the handled the camera back then. This featured some good production values. The think I really like about film noir is the art direction. Especially the costume design. Especially the costumes for the women. The best part about this is the writing. Very well thought out story. It was totally unpredictable. This is officially one of my favorites.
fb208103125July 27, 2012
A masterful and powerful film directed by the legendary Fritz Lang, "Scarlet Street" is a dark and gloom filled tale of vice and murder. The film really develops the characters and you truly feel for them as they try and naively cope with the unforgiving world around them. Real people in real situations and the desperation that rears it's head and causes chaos is the theme here and is enacted perfectly by the cast and written wonderfully! This really is a haunting and powerful film that has a powerful performance by all involved, especially Edward G. Robinson as the lonely and desperate Christopher Cross. Ultimately we are shown that no matter what you legally get away from, sometimes the worst thing is your own conscience. This is a great film that I would recommend to anyone interested in film and especially those that like dark dramas and film-noir.
August 31, 2006
This intriguing, dark and bitingly clever film draws most of its power from style and direction. The story works both as a tragic human drama and as a nail-biting suspense. There is definitely a certain depth to this film that is a little rare in the genre.
September 20, 2012
Less of a film noir than it is a drama centered on morals, "Scarlet Street" is unexpectedly mature and surprisingly bleak for its time period, delivering its message with a finale so ironic you're sure to grin. Edward G. Robinson is easy to sympathize with as the film's protagonist, while Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea (in a great performance!) act as the villains. It's easy to tell that "Scarlet Street" is the work of a master director when observing its handsome camerawork, well-executed scenes and consistently even tone. It's gripping, thrilling and as much of a classic as you could possibly ask for. There may be moments that feel slightly contrived, but "Scarlet Street" is one of the most effective dramas I've seen in a long, long time.
October 22, 2008
A very different role for Robinson tops off this excellent Lang film. As a meek, henpecked painter whose obsession with Kitty (Bennett's version of the femme fatale) completely dominates his life, Robinson turns in a performance like never before. A very bleak film, and very true to the film noir spirit.
December 16, 2012
In my opinion, it is definitely one of Fritz Lang's best movies. The acting, the plot, the music, the characters, the cinematography ... everything works out wonderfully in this great drama/suspense movie. Good performances from Joan Bennett and Edward G. Robinson.
March 30, 2010
An excellent story, and Edward G. Robinson is superb. He is such a versatile actor. This film-noir has impressive cinematography and a great cast. Joan Bennett is amazing in one of her best roles. Dan Duryea is perfectly cast as her boyfriend. It's Fritz Lang's incredible direction pulls it all together. He has such a knack for showing characters in desperate situations. The great score highlights the drama perfectly. The characters are so well defined and richly developed. Rosalind Ivan is remarkable as Robinson's nagging wife. What a terrific story, so believably done. It's an unforgettable film with style, originality and very strong performances.
November 8, 2008
joan bennett is at her best as the duplicitous strumpet kitty march. as is edward g robinson and dan duryea as the men in her sleazy life. margaret lindsay also scores as bennett's friend as does rosalind ivan as robinson's harridan of a wife.
May 28, 2008
As bleak a noir as I've yet seen. The characters are sleazy and rotten as hell. A great example of where fake facades spiral out of control and destroys all who are involved. A lot more psychologically interesting than the average noir.
February 24, 2007
One of my favorite noirs. Could you feel any worse for Edward G. Robinson's character? Joan Bennett is almost equally great. So heartless and content all at the same time. The unapologetic nature of her cruelty was pretty daring for the time. Highly recommend it.