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677 Ratings

The Woman in the Window

Directed by Fritz Lang
United States, 1944
Crime, Film noir


Gotham College professor Wanley and his friends become obsessed with the portrait of a woman in the window next to the men’s club. Wanley happens to meet the woman while admiring her portrait, and ends up in her apartment for talk and a bit of champagne.

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The Woman in the Window Directed by Fritz Lang

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1946 | Nominee: Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture



Defense mechanisms are screens, of course, and The Woman in the Windowrevels in a head-spinning variety of literal and figurative embodiments of the word.
June 20, 2018
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The early promise of an accidental murder (and a not-so-clever cover up) gives way to a middling narrative trajectory. In many ways, the film feels like Lang’s most adolescent project, rendering an intelligent professor a bumbling mess and reducing a bombshell femme fatale to a dream. The plot focuses too much on words and conversations that lack the bite of films like The Big Heat and Scarlet Street, veering far into Kafka-esque territory without embracing chaos or confusion.
November 03, 2016
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[With the twist ending in mind,] the pulpy setup becomes pregnant with symbolic meaning… It’s such a pure scenario in its pattern of desire, temptation, transgression, and guilt, and Lang emphasizes its elemental quality with stripped-down mise-en-scene. The movie doesn’t feel cheap, but deliberately bare…
December 09, 2013
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