... you can learn from:
Scarlet Street (1945)
Kitty: How long does it take you to paint a picture?Christopher: Sometimes a day, sometimes a year.You can't tell. It has to grow.Kitty: I never knew paint could grow.Christopher: Feeling grows. You know, that's theimportant thing, feeling. You take me. No one evertaught me how to draw, so I just put a linearound what I feel when I look at things.Kitty: Yeah I see.Christopher: It's like falling in love I guess.You know... first you see someone, then it keepsgrowing, until you can't think of anyone else.Kitty: That's interesting.Christopher: The way I think of things, that all art is.Every painting, if it's any good, is a love affair.
The legendary director Fritz Lang was born 132 years ago today. For some random reason I've spent the past week or so filling in some gaps I had in his later filmography including this film, its weird little companion piece The Woman in the Window from a year earlier, his Hitchcock-esque WWII thriller Ministry of Fear (also from '44), and then 1953's The Big Heat. That's quite the incredible line-up though, right? (Sidenote: you can track everything I watch on Letterboxd.) They were all wonderful but Scarlet Street was definitely my favorite of the bunch, mainly because of what a wonderful surprise I found Edward G. Robinson's performance to be -- he's sweet and subdued here in a way I'd never seen from him before.