O fato desse filme ter sido banido em três cidades nos EUA já é suficiente para comprovar o quão chocante, sombrio e amoral é este filme para os padrões da época. Até em seus momentos cômicos, é um filme perverso, que gradualmente vai entrando numa tormenta até o desfecho, onde a escuridão engole tudo. Boas atuações, direção, edição de som e história. Um film noir bem tenso, onde diferentes paixões são mortais.
Since I knew this movie is a remake of Jean Renoir's La Chienne, I expected to hate it. But I have to admit it works better as a film noir. If only they had kept the original ending, it would've been a true masterpiece. But I guess with the melodramatic nature of 1940s noir and the Hays code tyranny, keeping the cynical, morally ambiguous ending was just unthinkable.
4.6 16mm. "Welp, there goes the masterpiece." Banned in cities across the US, one reason being "the failure of the characters to receive orthodox punishment from the police," yet the one of three pathetic characters who lives will carry on a life of perpetual mortification and madness. No heroes. And did any other major film before Psycho imply such a toilet scene, which here, happens to be the disposal of a flower?
(4.5 stars) Great film noir with several twists and turns along the way. Ending is particularly solid. Love watching Robinson play a bit of a meek and easy mark of a character. Great femme fatale in this one as well. Well shot and well directed by Lang. Great stuff!
On one level it's hard not to read Fritz Lang's Scarlet Street as a parable for the hardworking artist in Hollywood, who sells not only his soul to the dream factory but his artistic recognition too. This is noir with most of its genre trappings shaved off, leaving a quivering tale of paranoia and despair, personified by Edward G. Robinson's plebeian Chris Cross: the noir anti-hero God forgot to boil and spat out raw
Scarlet Street is as depressive, fatalistic and aggressive as you would expect a noir to be. With a lot of threads that are neatly tied together in a sharp finale, the strong point of the movie is its plot. To the extent that characters felt more like plot drivers than actual humans. But my biggest gripe with the film was its overt misogyny, even for a noir with masculinity as its main theme, i couldn't look past it