Monday, July 21, 2014

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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Scarlet Street (1945)
Directed by Fritz Lang

Scarlet Street is one of those tricky crooked alleys in the Village: you know the one, runs below the Elevated and through a Berlin backlot, lit starkly here and there by a lone streetlight, beneath which a woman smokes and waits—for you? No, never for you. An outsider artist who tries to puncture his isolation with an icepick, Edward G. Robinson doesn’t grow that malevolent hunched shadow until the deed is done—but from the start there’s bound to be a deed, with a dame like Joan Bennett present. “I never would have guessed it was a woman,” says the fancy art critic. What a dupe. Elina Mishuris (July 24, 2:40pm, 7pm at Film Forum's “Femmes Noirs,” as part of a double feature with The Lady from Shanghai)

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