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The Woman in the Window (1944)

Director:
Fritz Lang
COUNTRY
USA
GENRE
Thriller/Drama
NORWEGIAN TITLE
Kvinnen i vinduet
RUNNING TIME
99 minutes
Producer:
Nunnally Johnson
Screenwriter:
Nunnally Johnson


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Professor Richad Wanley Edward G. Robinson
Alice Reed Joan Bennett
Dist. Atty. Frank Lalor Raymond Massey
Dr. Michael Barkstane Edmund Breon
Heidt/Tim Dan Duryea

 

Review

Compared with Fritz Lang's best films, The Woman in the Window has not stood the test of time equally well. It is a clever but meek and soft-boiled film noir about an easy-going middle-aged professor (Edward G. Robinson) who after a chance encounter with a beautiful young woman ends up killing her brutal partner in self-defense, and soon finds himself dragged into a web of lies, blackmail and a murder investigation conducted by his best friend. The film is attractive to look at and is directed with an agreeable pace, but the plot twists are often too contrived and melodramatic to create a suspense level close to the best films in this genre. The Woman in the Window is constantly engaging, but lacks the final touch of brilliance (even though Lang tries to add it in a somewhat anticlimatic twist ending).

 

Copyright 22.06.2013 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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