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Title: Scarlet Street (1945)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 11, 2012, 03:10:02 PM

Scarlet Street (1945)


From the Film Noir Discussion Thread:
cigar joe: Scarlet Street 9/10, this was one of those Noirs where you never quite were sure which way it was going, kept me interested throughout, it was great, Dir, Fritz Lang, with Edward G. Robinson, Joan Benett, Dan Duryea. rent & check it out on Netflix!


3 years later, another post by cigar joe: Scarlet Street (1945) dir Fritz Lang, with Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea. Netflix disk is faded out needs a restoration, would look great restored, even with lousy print. Robinson is a cashier who dreams of being an artist. On the way back from a dinner in his honor he saves a damsel in distress from an attacker and falls in love.  She (Bennett) turns out to be a prostitute & Duryea her pimp. Needs a better print. With the print as is a 7/10


titoli: (quotes cj's comment and says):

 Well, the italian dvd has a very good quality. The movie, I saw it in the early '80's back to back with the twin made the year before. I don't like it. Visually, as everything by Lang, is beautiful: and still with a title like that one should expect at least not to be shot entirely in the studio. The male leads are perfect, Duryea expecially. But Joan Bennett doesn't look the part. It is the story that is the main source of unsatisfaction. We have to accept: 1) that Robinson could have married a harridan like only in movies 2) that he can be blind to Bennett's real feelings towards him (he gives her money though she doesn't even want to be touched by him 3) that her wife's thought-deceased husband comes up out of the blue 4) the incredible affair with his paintings. I haven't read the french novel on which it was based: probably censorship and the fact id didn't have to render the story in images made ot more acceptable, but to the movie I can give only a 6\10.


At this point, starting here the Film Noir Discussion Thread contains a long debate about which novel the movie was based on (and a few other things  ;) ).  It's way too much back-and-forth for me to copy all those posts here; if you are interested in reading that discussion, just click that link and begin reading  ;)

Title: Re: Scarlet Street (1945)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on June 11, 2012, 03:35:55 PM
I just saw this movie today. Rented it off Netflix. The movie looked absolutely atrocious, with visible damage throughout. DVD Beaver here has comparisons of 6 different versions of the movie The dvd I saw was the Alpha dvd (#4 of Beaver's comparisons). As you can see from Beaver's screen grabs, it is simply atrocious, no other way to describe it. Thankfully, I see that Kino has what looks to be a beautiful blu ray version of the movie; next time I see it, I'll be sure to check out that version  :)


The movie itself was very good, I give it an 8/10. But IMO it is not as good as The Woman in the Window.

The two films were made one year apart, with the same director and 3 of the same main actors, and have some similar story elements, though they don't share any of the credited writers for story or screenplay.

I think Scarlet Street asked me to accept more silliness/implausibilities than I would have liked to. And the part with the guy with the eye patch was so ridiculous, it never should have been in the movie at all.

Title: Re: Scarlet Street (1945)
Post by: drinkanddestroy on May 28, 2017, 02:55:19 AM
Eddie Muller's opening and closing comments to this movie on TCM Noir Alley