Scarlet Street - 1945 (Digitally Remastered Version)
NTSC - 101 minutes - Black & White - 1945 (Not Rated)
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DigicomTV has done a wonderful job in restoring this classic movie. Excellent audio and visual quality. A must watch!!!!!
The film begins on a city street at night. A car stops in front of a club. Christopher Cross gets an award for 25 years of faithful service. Three on a match? The boss steps out with a beautiful young woman. Cross paints on Sundays. He sees a man beating a young woman and runs over to stop it. A police officer is called, but the man ran away. Cross walks her home, they stop for a drink. "You're not so old." She's an actress. Cross paints for fun. Kitty March has quick answers. Cross' wife Adele was the widow of a police detective. We see Cross' home life. Then we see Kitty's home life with her boyfriend, and her housekeeping. Her boyfriend Johnny has dreams for getting to "Easy Street". He wants her to tap into the old man's wealth. Millie is a model and warns Kitty about Johnny.
Chris and Kitty become friends. They have lunch. Kitty tells Chris she's broke and needs money for rent. A studio apartment would give him a place to paint. Kitty acts surprised with Chris' confession! "Poor Chris." [$500 was a lot of money then.] Will Chris get the money? Adele complains about her home life. She doesn't even own a radio. [Wartime rationing?] Chris searches a locked drawer, then reads about a local murder. He makes a decision. Johnny tells Kitty how to get $1,000. Can he succeed in Hollywood? Chris doesn't like Johnny. Kitty has costs as an actress, can Chris help? "Don't forget the money." Johnny asks the value of Chris' paintings. Chris works late and is surprised by the manager. We learn more about Johnny's character. There is a surprise about those pictures!
A knock on the door brings another unexpected surprise. Johnny thinks quick, and tells who painted those pictures. [Was this a fatal mistake?Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
No one can dismiss Scarlet Street as anything less than one of director Fritz Lang's best films. A supreme cast along with fantastic cinematography and studio supplied atmosphere... Read morePublished on May 5, 2009 by G. Alan Hicks
This movie is another great film in the arsenal of Fritz Lang. Film Noir at its finest! Edward G. Robinson plays mild mannered banker who through circum-chance falls in love with... Read morePublished on November 4, 2008 by Resident