Scarlet Street
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Masterfully directed by Fritz Lang, Scarlet Street is a bleak film in which an ordinary man succumbs first to vice and then to murder. Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson) is a lonely man married to a nagging wife. Painting is the only thing that brings him joy. Cross meets Kitty (Joan Bennett) who, believing him to be a famous painter, begins an affair with him. Encouraged by her lover, con man Johnny Prince (Dan Duryea) Kitty persuades Cross to embezzle money from his employer in order to pay for her lavish apartment. In that apartment, happy for the first time in his life, Cross paints… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A film noir so potent for its time that it was banned in Atlanta, Milwaukee and the entire state of New York."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"An uncompromising subversive remake of Jean Renoir's La Chienne (1931)."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Powerful film noir, of a poor clerk lured into a tragic love story."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Interesting film noir."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Scarlet Street is arguably the darkest of Lang's American films."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"They seldom get any darker than this."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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