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7.6
/10
677 Ratings

The Woman in the Window

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

Synopsis

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

Viennale

2012

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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