IA #36: Scarlet Street (1945)

 Scarlet Street (1945) on IMDb

Just how dark do you like your film noir? You’re not going to find much stronger stuff than Scarlet Street, directed by Fritz Lang and starring Edward G. Robinson as a meek amateur painter who gets sucked into a world of deceit, infidelity, theft and worse.

This movie was so dark that it was banned by the New York State Censor Board in 1946. Today, its dense structure and strong performances enticed an extremely strong rating from IMDb users, placing it 36th on the Internet Archive Top 100.