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Great Cast, With Fritz in Fine Form
written by talltale March 11, 2006 - 8:53 AM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
SCARLET STREET turns out to be one of the best noirs, with ace performances from Robinson, Bennett and Duryea, plus exceptionally original plotting and twists throughout. Director Lang does a wonderful job of eliding all his elements--from plot and photography to performances and music--and the uses of art in the story add immeasurably to the interest and fun. (The use of the "stuck record"--both realistically, and later, very subtly on the soundtrack as a symptom of the character's degeneration--is extraordinary.)

The ending may seem unduly "moral," but stop to think about that conversation among the reporters on the train. There was a time, long ago, when many U.S. citizens actually were troubled to some degree by their own misdeeds. A social fabric, thin as it may have been, helped hold the country together. The attitude "Screw everyone else and grab what you can" used to be the provenance of the villain in the piece. Now, it's just standard behavior from most of the cast--in life, as on film. Note: The Kino Video version of "Scarlet Street" is the one to rent because the DVD transfer is terrific!

"Scarlet" Fever
written by PandT March 23, 2005 - 2:36 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Lang's Scarlet Street possibly the coldest and most mean spirited noir ever (the best ingredient I think) has a prototype cuckold in the making perfectly played by E. G. Robinson as an old retiree looking for more than a gold watch and hoping that "more" will be provided by his new young streetwalking "girlfriend" a swell "femme fatale" portrayed by Joan Bennet.

Her boyfriend/pimp is played by the sleaziest of sleeze portrayers, Dan Duryea. This film is a remake essentially of Renoir's La Chienne/The Bitch but is far creepier. It is Lang's best American film IMO. It covers similar ground to Woman In The Window his previous noir with the exact same actors and is quite similar, but this time with even less socially acceptable characters.

This is another better thought out version of the respectable older gentleman being driven to near madness and crime by the torment and promise of a beautiful and loving relationship from a lying scum of a whore (Bennett). He is trying to escape a shrew of a wife and ends up with much worse. (classic noir plot escalation !) This is the kind of film that makes you squirm with the awful feeling of what can happen to hope and decency when one is too hungry for both. Just cold man...

written by eifert June 13, 2004 - 8:25 AM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This is a great B&W noir film. Robinson is cast against type as a loser looking for a little excitement in his life. Dan Duryea is so evil, I went and sought out his other movies. He's a great baddy. Directed by Lang, this is a movie lovers can't miss. The transfer isn't great, however, being that this is a public domain film.


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