Scarlet Street

(Fritz Lang, 1945)

with Jess de Martine, streaming on Netflix at 115 Fourth Place, 1/26/15

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Nice twisty little film noir, full of nasty ironies and cruelly disappointed hopes.  Edward G. Robinson is wonderful as a milksop who finds his courage (or is it desperation?) in all the wrong places.  The ending is heavily moralistic, and – more damningly – redundant, but the rest is nice and tight, and clever, and juicy, and all the good things a noir should be.

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