Scarlet Street

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In Brief: A remake of Jean Renoir's La Chienne (1931) — itself based on a play of the same name by Georges de la Fouchardiere, which was based on the book by André Mouezy-Eon — is easily the darkest and most psychologically bleak of Fritz Lang's American output, which, almost by default, places it high on the list of the darkest and most psychologically bleak films ever made. After the success of The Woman in the Window, Lang reunited Edward G. Robinson, Dan Duryea and Joan Bennett for another round of moral ambiguity and nihilistic social commentary. Even though Lang managed to narrowly skirt the production code censorship board with his careful depiction of Duryea and Bennett's prostitute-pimp relationship in the film, it was still widely banned for its salacious setup. While that reaction may seem quaint by modern standards, it was definitely not without some justification in the context of its time. Come see what all the fuss was about, and judge this classic noir high-water mark for yourself.
Genre: Film Noir
Director: Fritz Lang
Starring: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea, Margaret Lindsay, Jess Barker
Rated: NR

The Asheville Film Society will screen Scarlet Street on Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at The Grail Moviehouse, hosted by Xpress movie critic Scott Douglas.


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