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Scarlet Street (1945)

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DVD Release Date
 R1: Feb 19, 2002
 R2: 18 Mar 2002

Running Time
1 hour, 43 minutes

Country USA

Studio Diana Cinematografica, Universal

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• Der Narr und die Dirne (1950)

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Genre: Film-Noir, Drama, Suspense, Murder, Mistaken Identity, Infidelity, Femme Fatale, Love, Thieves, Scams And Cons

Tagline: The GREAT STARS and DIRECTOR of "Woman in the Window"

Plot: In this remake of Jean Renoir's controversial 1931 film, LA CHIENNE, Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson), a quiet, staid cashier and dedicated Sunday painter, feels consumed by passion for the first time in his life when he meets pretty, manipulative Kitty. The two become involved, but Kitty is really in love with petty crook Johnny. She keeps Christopher around simply for his money. In order to impress his precious mistress, Cross embezzles funds from his employer. He doesn't realize, however, that Kitty and Johnny are also getting rich on his paintings, which are becoming a huge success under Kitty's name. When Christopher's theft comes to light, he loses his job and his dignity. And when he seeks out Kitty for solace, he discovers her in Johnny's embrace. The film explodes in its violent climax, and with it Lang creates perhaps his most chilling Film Noir work. The tightly structured story and the evocative paintings that lie symbolically at the center of the plot create a visual and psychological atmosphere of suspense, filled with double meanings and games of representation and appearance, all pointing toward a brutal final act, motivated by Cross' inner demons and repressed emotions.

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 Directed by
Fritz Lang
M, Metropolis, The Big Heat
 Written by
Joan Bennett
Suspiria, Father of the Bride, We're No Angels
Edward G. Robinson
Double Indemnity, The Ten Commandments, Key Largo
Dan Duryea
The Flight of the Phoenix, The Pride of the Yankees, Winchester '73
Margaret Lindsay
Jezebel, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, Cavalcade
Jess Barker
The Time of Their Lives, Cover Girl, The Night Walker
Rosalind Ivan
Johnny Belinda, The Corn Is Green, Elephant Walk
Arthur Loft
The Woman in the Window, The Glass Key, Hangmen Also Die
 Music By
Hans J. Salter
The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T., Bend of the River, House of Frankenstein

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