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Scarlet Street

103 minutes 1945

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.

Film Credits

Director: Fritz Lang

Writer: Dudley Nichols

Producer: Fritz Lang and Walter Wanger

Cast: 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 and Tom Dillon

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