The Woman in the Window
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Directed by Fritz Lang, The Woman in the Window, a sadly tragic film noir, is the story of the doomed love of married psychology-professor Wanley (Edward G. Robinson), who, with murderous results, meets and falls in love with another woman. Wanley first sees the portrait of a beautiful woman, Alice (Joan Bennett), and then meets the woman herself. After committing murder in self-defense, he finds himself blackmailed by Heidt (Dan Duryea). The script, written by Nunnally Johnson, is carefully structured with crisp dialogue and a convincing ending. Lang is at his best, getting excellent… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A clockwork noir of diabolical determinism."
‑ Nathan Lee, Village Voice
"The Woman in the Window is a humdinger of a mystery melodrama."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"A gripping psychological thriller."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Richly styled, inventive detective story."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Robinson's performance and Lang's interest in the wider picture make for compelling viewing."
‑ , Film4
"A strong and decidedly suspenseful murder melodrama."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A masterful film noir from Fritz Lang's rich American period."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"... one of Fritz Lang's subtlest films."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"Plays out with frightening, gripping logic, each new step and new realization suddenly appearing like a cold sweat."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The resultant tone of The Woman in the Window is completely unremitting, until it hilariously does remit."
‑ Jeremy Heilman,
"It's not merely a dazzling piece of suspense, but also a characteristically stark demonstration of Lang's belief in the inevitability of fate."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"There's no denying the power of this particular nightmare."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"For much of its brisk running time, The Woman in the Window plays like another balls-to-the-wall gem from the rarely-less-than-masterful Fritz Lang."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"The Woman in the Window is mostly notable as a dry run for the following year's Scarlet Street."
‑ Sean Howe, Slant Magazine
"In Fritz Lang's cinema, passion may burn, but it leaves traces."
‑ Girish Shambu, Senses of Cinema
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