Orson Welles' THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI & Fritz Lang's SCARLET STREET
Orson Welles' THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1947, 87 min)
Baffling murders and fascinating plot twists contribute to this spellbinding film noir written, directed by and starring Orson Welles. Hired to work on a yacht belonging to the disabled husband of femme fatale Rita Hayworth, Welles plays an innocent man drawn into a dangerous web of murder. The subject of great controversy upon its initial release, Lady shocked 1948 audiences by presenting Hayworth with her flaming red hair cut short and dyed champagne blonde. Fifty years later, The Lady From Shanghai is considerd vintage Welles, his famous hall of mirrors climax hailed as one of the greatest scenes in cinematic history.
Fritz Lang's SCARLET STREET (1945, 102 min)
A box-office hit in its day, Scarlet Street is perhaps legendary director Fritz Lang's finest American film. When middle-aged milquetoast Chris Cross (Edward G. Robinson) rescues street-walking bad girl Kitty (Joan Bennett) from the rain slicked gutters of Greenwich Village, he plunges headlong into a whirlpool of lust, larceny and revenge. As Chris' obsession with the vulgar Kitty grows, the meek cashier is seduced, corrupted, humiliated and transformed into an avenging monster. Packed with hairpin plot twists from screenwriter Dudley Nichols (Stagecoach), Scarlet Street is a dark gem of golden age Hollywood filmmaking at its finest.
Friday, August 10