Video of the Day: SCARLET STREET by Fritz Lang

Scarlet Street (1945) directed by Fritz Lang was based on the French novel La Chienne (The Bitch) by Georges de La Fouchardière. It had  been previously dramatized on stage by André Mouëzy-Éon, and cinematically as La Chienne (1931) by director Jean Renoir.

The principal actors Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett, and Dan Duryea, had earlier appeared together in The Woman in the Window (1944) also directed by Fritz Lang. The three were re-teamed for Scarlet Street. The film was later featured in an episode of Cinema Insomnia.

Lang’s science fiction film noir classic Metropolis has become a staple in the curricula of film schools. The film was based on the screenplay and novel written by his wife Thea Von Harbeau, which is available in an New Revised Edition published by VegaTrope.

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