As the Rockstar Recommends series continues highlighting some of Rockstar Games' favorite Film Noirs in honor of L.A. Noire, today they feature a classic entry from 1945 directed by the great Fritz Lang
" - a film that itself makes a cameo appearance in L.A. Noire on the side of a Los Angeles movie theater marquee – stars legendary screen actor Edward G. Robinson
, who rose to prominence in the 1930's playing a gangster with a Napoleon complex in "Little Caesar". Here, he plays somewhat against type as Christopher Cross - a meek, middle-aged cashier and amateur painter who has a fateful run-in falling under the charms of femme fatale prostitute, Kitty (played by Joan Bennett
). Carrying a common Noir theme, and one used to great effect in the previous recommendation, "Detour"
what you'll see is a gut-wrenching tale of a good-hearted man who makes a few bad choices, befriends the wrong people, and finds himself spiraling into a living hell of murder, betrayal and destruction.
Also starring Dan Duryea
, in the role that helped make him an icon of Film Noir villainy, "Scarlet Street" is now in the public domain - watch it in its entirety online at the embed below or if you're in the New York area, treat yourself this Sunday to seeing it on the big screen in a double feature with 1944's "The Woman in the Window"
(starring most of the same cast), as part of the Fritz Lang festival at the Film Forum.
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