SCARLET STREET
1945, Kino Lorber, 103 min, USA, Dir: Fritz Lang

Fritz Lang's classic film noir reunited his WOMAN IN THE WINDOW stars Edward G. Robinson, Joan Bennett and Dan Duryea in a reworking of Jean Renoir's 1931 LA CHIENNE. Robinson's middle-aged bookkeeper and amateur artist becomes hopelessly ensnared by the seductive Bennett and her lover-pimp, Duryea. The result is a psychological thriller with Robinson's increasing desperation contrasting with his predators’ unremitting ruthlessness. As with WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, Lang reveals the potential criminal in the average citizen.


NO WAY OUT
1950, 20th Century Fox, 106 min, USA, Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

After a man dies while under the care of new black doctor Luther Brooks (Sidney Poitier in his feature debut), the patient’s racist brother (Richard Widmark) refuses to allow an autopsy that would prove the physician’s actions were justified. As tensions in the community escalate, Dr. Brooks gets his autopsy the only way he can - by giving himself up for murder. Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee make brief appearances in this tense drama, one of the most blistering critiques of racism ever filmed.


THE STERILE CUCKOO
1969, Paramount, 107 min, USA, Dir: Alan J. Pakula

Director Alan J. Pakula adapts John Nichols’ novel into this bittersweet story of awkward first love in the college world of upstate New York. In her first Oscar-nominated role, Liza Minnelli is Pookie, a needy, neurotic young girl who attaches herself to retiring bookworm Jerry (Wendell Burton). Gradually, she seduces him with her offbeat, abrasive humor, her sweetness and tireless pursuit. But Jerry proves only a fuzzy symbol of what Pookie needs and is not ready or able to supply the love-starved girl with constant validation.


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