Kino offers a lush restoration of Lang’s film, an early and intricate deconstruction of the biases driving noir.
Jean Renoir’s most well-known American feature is a fascinating translation of the filmmaker’s methods and outlook into a Hollywood milieu.
Not a lot of film programs at the Academy, the American Cinematheque, UCLA Film Archive, etc focus on writers.
It’s the sudden entrance of a jealous beau, and a conveniently nearby pair of scissors, that finally jumpstarts the narrative engine.
A passable presentation of Fritz Lang’s slowly paced, overpraised noir will please historians and mirror aficionados.