Entertainment Weekly - 11/25/2005
"[Bennett] throws herself into the role with gusto and a delectable, unsentimental slyness that's perfectly matched by Lang's mordant pessimism."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson) is a middle-aged bank cashier and Sunday painter trapped in a loveless marriage to an insufferable shrew. He comes in contact with a sexy young hustler, Kitty March (Joan Bennett), and falls head-over-heels in love - not even realizing that she is a prostitute. When her sleazy pimp-boyfriend Johnny Prince (Dan Duryea) comes to believe that Chris is wealthy, the two conspire to relieve him of his money. The plot twists and turns as theft and betrayal turn to murder and madness.
Fritz Lang's brilliant direction provides an unflinching look at Chris' unraveling, while touching on complex themes like art and the artist and the corruption of the wealthy. This richly nuanced film is one you will return to for repeated viewings.
In this remake of Jean Renoir's controversial 1931 film, LA CHIENNE, Christopher Cross (Edward G. Robinson), a quiet, staid cashier and dedicated Sunday painter, feels consumed by passion for the first time in his life when he meets pretty, manipulative Kitty. The two become involved, but Kitty is really in love with petty crook Johnny. She keeps Christopher around simply for his money. In order to impress his precious mistress, Cross embezzles funds from his employer. He doesn't realize, however, that Kitty and Johnny are also getting rich on his paintings, which are becoming a huge success under Kitty's name. When Christopher's theft comes to light, he loses his job and his dignity. And when he seeks out Kitty for solace, he discovers her in Johnny's embrace. The film explodes in its violent climax, and with it Lang creates perhaps his most chilling Film Noir work. The tightly structured story and the evocative paintings that lie symbolically at the center of the plot create a visual and psychological atmosphere of suspense, filled with double meanings and games of representation and appearance, all pointing toward a brutal final act, motivated by Cross' inner demons and repressed emotions.
Christopher Cross, a quiet and staid cashier with dreams of becoming a painter, feels consumed by passion for the first time in his life when he meets pretty, manipulative Kitty. The two become involved, but Kitty is really in love with petty crook Johnny--she keeps Christopher around simply for his money. In order not to lose his precious mistress, Cross embezzles funds from his employer; he doesn't realize, however, that Kitty and Johnny are also getting rich on his paintings, which are becoming a huge success under Kitty's name.
When Christopher's theft comes to light, he loses his job and his dignity. And when he seeks out Kitty for solace, he discovers her in Johnny's embrace. Furious, Christopher stabs Kitty repeatedly with an icepick. Then, he stands coldly by as Johnny is implicated, and finally executed, for the crime.
What an ending
Movie Lover: John Walter from
Middle Village, NY US -- March, 4, 2010
This is a top flight noir classic. A great cast do a superb job, telling a story about an older man, in love with a younger and highly immoral woman, for whom he would do anything - inclduing steal. Finally realing he's being had, the older man (Edward G Robinson) strikes out and...losses everything. Robinson, Joan Bennett, and Dan Duryea gives stellar performances.
Ultimately, one of the most haunting films ever made
Movie Lover: Michael Eissinger from
Fresno, CA US -- October, 28, 2004
The image of a homeless EG Robinson walking down a busy New York street, haunted by the voices of Johnny and "Lazy Legs" should be considered one of the greatest moments ever captured, on film.
Robinson is the perfect "timid nice guy" who works at the same job for 20 years, has an overbearing wife and who is primed and ready for his mid-life crisis, brought on by a chance encounter with Joan Bennett. He tells some "harmless" little lies about being a painter and the scheming Bennett and her boyfriend decide there must be something in it, for them. Robinson then spirals out of control, as he throws away everything he has for the ability to chase his dreams (his painting and the love of this beautiful young girl). That spiral never ends as Lang takes this sweet little man on a ride, straight to hell.
Joan Bennett is sexy, cool and unforgettable, as Kathy.
"Scarlet Street" is a must for every film lover's collection.
Movie Lover: henri donadille from
clamart, Hauts-de-Seine FR -- May, 8, 2004
Intriguing tale of deception done on an A budget. Good performances by Robinson, Bennett (although I like her better in good-girl roles) and others help satisfactory tale along. Good print from Alpha!
Subtle and engaging
Movie Lover: Cine Jim from
New Jersey -- January, 31, 2004
This movie is good on many levels. It's a great film noir. It's sytle is is subtle and engaging, unconventional and spellbinding. Edward G. is definitely not the tough guy in this one. He's a henpecked milquetoast. And Joan Bennet as the heartless strumpet is priceless. If you're into feet fetish, you'll love the toenail painting scene!
Movie Lover: anonymous from
US -- July, 30, 2003
This is a very good movie - we enjoyed it! It is a little gory - it actually kept us entertained and in suspense throughout the movie!
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