Joan Bennett and Edward G. Robinson in Scarlet Street (Universal Pictures)
"Artists Behaving Badly" Film Series:
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Scarlet Street (1945, 103 min.), Fritz Lang’s classic film noir, features Edward G. Robinson as a Greenwich Village Sunday painter who falls afoul of femme fatale Joan Bennett.
Artists tend by nature to be transgressive, in the life as well as the work. While the Clark usually celebrates the boldness of the artist’s work, this film series takes an ironical look at examples of bad behavior provided by the artist’s life—be it forgery or fornication; drugs or drink; mayhem, madness, or even murder.