In Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street the main character Christopher Cross (actor Edwar


In Fritz Lang’s Scarlet Street the main character Christopher Cross (actor Edward G. Robinson) an aging bankclerk dreams of being an artist. Chris meets a young woman Kitty Marsh (Joan Bennett) whom he falls in love with and who openly seduces Chris. Throughout Scarlet Street Lang uses Chris’ paintings as a vehicle to comment on the action and story and/or predict the futures of the characters within the film. With this in mind select a scene from the film that uses one of Chris’ paintings in a significant, way. Consider in which way does the scene reify, reflect or diverge from the image created in Chris’ painting and what relationship might it have to the generic codes of the American Film Noir (exempli gratia; the femme fatale, fatalism, low key lighting, maudit, or the concept of being cursed etc ) 500 words 12 point font double spaced.


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