Even if I’ve been sharing my thoughts on films and books for almost a year now, I believe that I haven’t properly expressed my natural tendency to noir cinema. It might be a thing of bad timing, since I usually enjoy noir films in open air cinemas and, as you may guess, in summer I tend to rest away from my laptop, or maybe that I haven’t still figured out a proper schedule for this blog… Anyway, it’s never too late! Considering that this year is going to be full of screenings, at cinemas, classes or just my home, I’m hoping for a comeback!
Fritz Lang, of Austrian-German origins, was an extremely creative director and screenwriter who made more than fifty films happen. “Scarlet Street” (1945) is one of his most famous noir films, and one of my favourites, since that’s the first time I realised what a talent Edward G. Robinson was, an actor that I hadn’t heard of until then. When I decided to watch The Woman in the Window, I had a very good feeling.
A middle-aged psychology professor is saying goodbye to his wife and kids, who are about to live for vacation. The very same night, as he walks out of the club that he frequents with his friends and colleagues, he stands in front of a window, admiring the wonderful portrait of a young lady. When this lady lurks from the shadows and asks him out, he feels terribly confused. By accepting her offer and surrendering himself to her charm, he ends up living in a nightmare.
Lang creates a world where unfortunate coincidences lead to fatal results. Full of plot twists and with a leading femme fatale who’s less dangerous and more seductive than usual, we delve ourselves into a world where good and bad are indistinguishable and the thin lines separating them almost invisible…
If you feel like watching a suspenseful film tonight, you may click here for the YouTube video.