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Scarlet Street - 1945 (Digitally Remastered Version)

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Considered by many to be one of Fritz Lang's best films, Scarlet Street was controversial and at the time of its release was banned in some states. Edward G. Robinson plays a middle-aged bank cashier who is seduced by Kitty (Joan Bennett), a beautiful but devious woman who sees an opportunity to fund her lifestyle and that of her unscrupulous lover Johnny (Dan Duryea). The film is a powerful and often disturbing portrait of human relationships, emotions and consequences.

NTSC - 101 minutes - Black & White - 1945 (Not Rated)
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Product Details

  • Actors: Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, Dan Duryea
  • Directors: Fritz Lang
  • Producers: Fritz Lang
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: DigiComTV
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00427ZMS2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,073 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 Kitty's picture. Johnny then pretends that Kitty painted the portrait, which has won great critical acclaim. Finally realizing he has been manipulated, Cross kills Kitty, loses his job, and because his name has been stolen by Kitty, is unable to paint. He suffers a mental breakdown as the film ends, haunted by guilt. Kitty and Johnny are two of the most amoral and casual villains in the history of film noir, both like predatory animals completely without conscience. The photography is excellent in its use of stark black-and-white to convey psychological states. The film is unparalleled in its ability to convey the desperation of hapless, naïve victims in a cruelly realistic world.

DigicomTV has done a wonderful job in restoring this classic movie. Excellent audio and visual quality. A must watch!!!!!
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Scarlet Street, 1945 film

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?
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This is another Fritz Lang masterpiece. I got this version as a gift and I am very please with it. A++++++++++++

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.
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