Film Noir Class 1: Scarlet Street by Fritz Lang

Film Noir Class 1: Scarlet Street by Fritz Lang

Submitted by Tom H on Sun, 03/02/2014 - 20:54

In the first of four Film Noir Classes at the Sie Film Center we watched Scarlet Street, directed by Fritz Lang in 1945, and starring Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea.

When I first learned about Film Noir in the 1990s, I watched a lot of them on AMC. That's when I fell in love with The Big Sleep.

I remember reading about it, but Scarlet Street is not one that I saw during this time, so this was my first time seeing it. Of course I have seen plenty of films by Fritz Lang, so it was great to add a new one to that list!

Another great thing about the class was, the teacher told us a great story about Fritz Lang. I knew that he was one of the directors who left Nazi Germany to come to America, but I did not know that at one time he actually met with Joseph Goebbels. Not only that, but Joseph offered Fritz a job as head of the UFA, Germany's leading film studio at the time.

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