A charismatic thief makes friends with a bankrupt baron who comes to live in the thief's slum. Meanwhile the thief seeks the love of a young woman, who is held emotionally captive by her slumlord family.
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Cashier Maurice Legrand is married to Adele, a terror. By chance, he meets Lucienne, "Lulu", and makes her his mistress. He thinks he finally met love, but Lulu is nothing but a streetwalker, in love with Dede, her pimp. She only accepts Legrand to satisfy Dede's needs of money.Written by
This was famously remade in America (in a somewhat bowdlerized form) as Scarlet Street (1945), directed by Fritz Lang. In the late 1960s, a third eminent director--Jean-Pierre Melville--said that he, too, would like to remake the story, but in a tougher, harsher version than either of the two previous ones. He never made the film, however. See more »
At the beginning of the final scene, when the car pulls up outside the art gallery and Legrand goes to open the door, the reflection of Jean Renoir directing the shot is visible in the glass of the passenger window of the car. See more »
You and Josephine Baker - don't make me laugh! It's like saying you met old Legrand out with a pretty girl!
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Even though the movie Scarlet Street is a remake of La Chienne, they bear many differences in the plot and tone of the movie. While Scarlet Street is very Film Noir in style, the original film (La Chienne) is an odd movie that is very hard to classify because it seems made up of several different genres AND because it deliberately avoids going the directions you think it will. While not a terrific movie (the plot lags here and there and the acting, with the exception of the fantastic Simon, is uneven). I give the movie a lot of credit for trying to be different and for a 1931 French film, the production values are good.
Although I will not explain exactly how they differ, know that this French film does not follow the Hayes code so it will seem a bit seamier than the American version and the ending is anything but Hollywood inspired. In fact, the French version is MUCH better, because the later Hollywood film "cops out" and tacks on a much more predictable and sanitized ending. Now that I think about it, chienne" means "bitch"--this SHOULD clue you in that the French film is indeed seedier.
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