The film seems to demonstrate that man is inherently drawn to violence with a male protagonist caught between two females, one with a desire to love and the other with a desire to kill. In choosing the latter I was hoping that the protagonist would embark on some really dark territory but instead I feel the story took some shortcuts to reach a hollywood ending, this is a noir after all. 9/10
Unsung gem of a noir picture from director Fritz Lang. Interesting to see Glenn Ford playing such a conflicted character and Gloria Grahame was never better. The story is a clever transplant of the Emile Zola novel previously turned into a film in France in '38. Picture is well edited with an intriquing subtext. Ending seems very abrupt for a film of the period but works well in context and frames opening scene.
While this is not one of my favourite Fritz Lang films, it is still excellent and I love Lang's use of the train's forward momentum in the opening and closing scenes as a metaphor of life going on regardless. Standout performances from all the leads: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame and Broderick Crawford.
"Human Desire" has all the malevolence and instruction of Aesop's fables. Each character boils with rage. They struggle in a mythical manner with social contraints and their own desires. Each character's desire complicates and informs their relationship with one another. What they want (a job, fidelity, a girl, a guy) drives them to hurt themselves and each other. A stark and vicious fable.