Rent The Woman in the Window (1944)

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1h 35min
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Synopsis:
Richard Wanley (Edward G. Robinson), a middle aged, world-weary, psychology professor, who finds himself suddenly captivated by a portrait of a beautiful young woman in the window of a local gallery. In a strange twist of fate the woman in the picture (a radiant Joan Bennett) appears before Richard and invites him back to her apartment. Everything seems to be going fine until Wanley is attacked by her possessive boyfriend and ends up murdering him in self-defence. Alice convinces Richard to cover up the crime, but as Richard's district attorney friend (Raymond Massey) investigates and the boyfriend's bodyguard (Dan Duryea) begins to apply pressure to Richard, the walls begin to close in...
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Nunnally Johnson
Writers:
Nunnally Johnson, J.H. Wallis
Others:
Hugo Friedhofer, Arthur Lange
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
Classics, Drama, Thrillers
BBFC:
Release Date:
01/12/2009
Run Time:
95 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BBFC:
Release Date:
20/05/2019
Run Time:
99 minutes
Languages:
English LPCM Mono
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • Brand new and exclusive video essay by critic David Cairns
  • Feature Length Audio Commentary by Film Historian Imogen Sara Smith, author of In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City
  • Original Theatrical Trailer

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Dream Noir. - The Woman in the Window review by Steve

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Updated 10/11/2021

Lang never became the director of prestige that Hitchcock was in Hollywood and only ever attracted low to medium budgets. But film noir never much thrived in lavish productions. Better to get a poetic script and some tough/sexy actors, and just hide the set in the shadows.

Edward G. Robinson is a comfortable Professor of Psychology who finds himself at the whim of a young, desirable artist's model (Joan Bennett). After she kills her possessive sugar daddy, she is blackmailed by Dan Duryea's swaggering heavy. The Professor disposes of the body but he begins to feel the breath of the law on the back of his neck. It's quite a cute story.

 Joan Bennett was typecast in this period as the femme fatale, the sexy agent of entrapment. She's very still, languid, the voice low and seductive (in contrast to the fast talking dames of the thirties). She wouldn't be released from these roles until the fifties when she began to be cast as suburban housewives. For me she is one of the first ladies of noir.      

The leads are all great. Duryea is the kind of dangerous, greedy lout that often turns up in film noir, ending any hope of the hero steering back onto the highway. It has the gloomy, fretful atmosphere of the period. It isn't Lang's very best work, but it is very entertaining and a big enough hit for the three stars and the director to re-assemble the following year for Scarlet Street.

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