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Human Desire


Fritz Lang's 1954 American version of the Zola novel (and Renoir film) La Bete Humaine. Gloria Grahame, at her brassiest, pleads with Glenn Ford to do away with her slob of a husband, Broderick Crawford. Lang mines the railroad setting for a remarkably rich series of visual correlatives to his oppressively Catholic conception of guilt and retribution. A gripping melodrama, marred only by Ford's inability to register an appropriate sense of doom. 91 min.

Film Credits

Director: Fritz Lang

Writer: Alfred Hayes and Emile Zola

Producer: Lewis J. Rachmil

Cast: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Edgar Buchanan, Kathleen Case, Peggy Maley, Diane DeLaire, Grandon Rhodes, Dan Seymour, John Pickard, Paul Brinegar and Dan Riss

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