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Fritz Lang United States, 1945's rating of the film Scarlet Street

Masterfully directed, this is film noir at its very, very best. Brilliant plotting with great mise-en-scene, the emotionally layered performance by Edward G. Robinson is one of the best I’ve seen for a while. Together, Kitty and Johnny are perhaps the most amoral ‘villians’ noir has seen and the last ten minutes are incredibly chilling and rival any horror film for creating atmosphere and tension.