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Scarlet Street

Fritz Lang's most harrowing study of guilt and damnation, this 1945 feature is a remake of Jean Renoir's La Chienne, with Edward G. Robinson as a quietly suffering bookkeeper who encounters fate in the form of a calculating prostitute (Joan Bennett) and her pimp (Dan Duryea). In many ways the apotheosis of Lang's expressionism, a film that lives in the dark night of the Catholic soul. Strongly recommended.



  • Fritz Lang


  • Edward Robinson
  • Joan Bennett
  • Dan Duryea
  • Margaret Lindsay
  • Rosalind Ivan
  • Jess Barker
  • Arthur Loft
  • Samuel Hinds
  • Vladimir Sokoloff
  • Charles Kemper
  • Russell Hicks
  • Lou Lubin
  • Anita Bolster
  • Tom Dillon


  • Dudley Nichols


  • Fritz Lang
  • Walter Wanger

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