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Scarlet Street

Scarlet Street

Scarlet Street

1945 / 103min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: FRITZ LANG

CAST: EDWARD G. ROBINSON, JOAN BENNETT, DAN DURYEA, MARGARET LINDSAY

The August 17, 7pm screening will be introduced by Mike Peros, author of Dan Duryea: Heel With a Heart and a book signing will follow.

In the elite class of Lang’s American films this seamy, gut-twisting noir is one of the most thoroughly devastating films ever produced in Hollywood. Romantic gargoyle Edward G. Robinson stars as a henpecked Sunday painter who falls for tough cookie Joan Bennett and finds himself roped into an art forgery scam engineered by oleaginous pimp boyfriend Dan Duryea, a triangle that ends in bloodshed. The original paintings by John Decker are like X-rays of a troubled, thwarted psyche.

Print courtesy Library of Congress

Scarlet Street is screening as part of Metrograph A to Z, a collection of films we think everybody should see.