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      Human Desire

      Released Aug 5, 1954 1h 30m Crime Drama List
      58% Tomatometer 19 Reviews 73% Audience Score 500+ Ratings When he's fired from his job at the railroad, Carl Buckley (Broderick Crawford) asks his wife, Vicki (Gloria Grahame), to pay a visit to his boss, Owens (Grandon Rhodes), to try to earn his sympathies. It works, but Carl then assumes that Vicki and Owens are involved romantically, so he murders his boss in a jealous rage. Sick of her husband's violent ways, Vicki seduces Jeff (Glenn Ford), another worker at the railroad, hoping that she can convince him to murder her husband. Read More Read Less

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      Derek Smith Slant Magazine Fritz Lang’s underrated noir elegantly toys with noir tropes and subverts our expectations. Jul 19, 2023 Full Review Richard Brody New Yorker Though the action pivots on blackmail and murder, the heart of the movie is a regular guy's struggle with the inner violence of sexual frenzy and the outer violence of war. Oct 15, 2014 Full Review Variety Staff Variety Fritz Lang, director, goes overboard in his effort to create mood. Long focusing on locomotive speeding and twisting on the rails is neither entertaining nor essential to the plot. Mar 26, 2009 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy The inconsistencies in Vicki seem less to do with being rooted in the noir tradition of keeping the leading lady in the shadows (is she good girl or femme fatale?) and more to do with sloppy writing. Rated: 2.5/4 Jul 15, 2023 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a fairly standard film-noir thriller that's elevated by its surprising narrative and proliferation of compelling performances... Rated: 3/4 Oct 3, 2021 Full Review Yasser Medina Cinefilia A film noir in which Lang fluently executes a rather intriguing plot about jealousy, adultery and murder on the railroads. [Full review in Spanish] Rated: 7/10 Sep 4, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      j f Another demonstration of Gloria Grahame’s infamous strong chin. Boy, she could really take a punch. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/24 Full Review Aldo G Gloria Grahame delivers an excellent femme fatale performance. She's the wife of an abusive husband who falls for another man. But, is her love true or is she using her seductive powers to lure her lover into murdering her husband? Or, both?? One of Fritz Lang's better Hollywood features. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/30/23 Full Review j F Excellent story, excellent directing, excellent acting. Even Broderick Crawford was superb. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/08/23 Full Review Blobbo X Peyton Place with trains, but well-acted, directed, photographed. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 11/07/23 Full Review Chris J MOVIE REVIEW Human Desire – Genre: Drama, Film-Noir, Romance Year Released: 1954, 2023 Kino Lorber Blu-ray Runtime: 1h 31m Director(s): Fritz Lang Writer(s): Alfred Hayes, Émile Zola Cast: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Edgar Buchanan, Peggy Maley, Grandon Rhodes Where To Watch: available July 11, 2023, pre-order here www.kinolorber.com, or https://amzn.to/3pFDrqb RAVING REVIEW: Imagine Jeff (Glenn Ford,) a regular Joe, returning to his civilian life post-Korean War, settling back into his everyday routine as a railway operator. We're about to embark on a cinematic odyssey filled with intrigue, passion, and criminal endeavors involving his friend Carl (Broderick Crawford) and Vicki (Gloria Grahame), Carl's spouse, each bearing a dark mystery. Skillfully shaped by director Fritz Lang, this emotional maze was inspired by Emile Zola's acclaimed novel, "La Bête Humaine." Lang injects fresh thoughts and imagery into the narrative, reflecting Zola's literary genius while adding his unique touch. Switching to the hustle and bustle of New York, we see an unassuming salesman. His respite from his humdrum existence – a serene pastime that plummets into turmoil when he encounters a street-smart woman who's no stranger to the nightlife. Their meeting sparks a cascade of deceit, death, and mistaken identity, pulling our unsuspecting protagonist into an abyss of hopelessness. Glenn Ford and Gloria Grahame plunge into Lang's intricate tapestry of secrets and sorrow. The symbolic message behind the locomotive in HUMAN DESIRE symbolizes the relentless march of fate, a recurring theme in Lang's storytelling oeuvre. Lang masterfully sets a melancholy tone against the backdrop of an urban labyrinth, mirroring the story's undercurrent. With a bold blend of traditional noir and a narrative twist, Lang's HUMAN DESIRE pushes boundaries, serving classic noir and its subversion on a silver screen platter. The film orbits around passion, secrets, jealousy, and remorse, resulting in a narrative reminiscent of a Shakespearean tragedy. The film rightfully critiques the male gaze in a male-dominated world, providing a layered depiction of characters beyond the usual noir mold. HUMAN DESIRE embodies this concept, flirting with genre constraints while gleefully vaulting over them. This was leaps and bounds ahead of the narrative most films of the time shared. Although HUMAN DESIRE might lack the sparkle of some of the more notable films of the time, it introduces a unique frame to Lang's broad spectrum of works. Lastly, HUMAN DESIRE's leading ladies, Gloria Grahame, Kathleen Case, and Peggy Maley, deliver unforgettable performances. They depict the struggles of women under the heavy scrutiny of the male gaze, illustrating a narrative that transcends the traditional femme fatale archetype. They tread a tightrope between innocence and manipulation, adding deep layers to the description. HUMAN DESIRE is a riveting cinematic tale of complex relationships, concealed secrets, and remorse, guiding us through love, betrayal, and the inevitable clash of destinies. It offers a captivating examination of the human condition that leaves an enduring imprint. For more reviews, please visit – https://linktr.ee/Overlyhonestmoviereviews for more info. Follow me on Letterboxd, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Find my social media accounts on most platforms simply by searching Overly Honest Movie Reviews. I'm always happy to hear from my readers; please say hi or send me any questions about movies. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 07/11/23 Full Review ed m Fun film noir. Gloria Grahame is always a piece of work. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/14/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis When he's fired from his job at the railroad, Carl Buckley (Broderick Crawford) asks his wife, Vicki (Gloria Grahame), to pay a visit to his boss, Owens (Grandon Rhodes), to try to earn his sympathies. It works, but Carl then assumes that Vicki and Owens are involved romantically, so he murders his boss in a jealous rage. Sick of her husband's violent ways, Vicki seduces Jeff (Glenn Ford), another worker at the railroad, hoping that she can convince him to murder her husband.
      Director
      Fritz Lang
      Screenwriter
      Alfred Hayes, Emile Zola
      Distributor
      Columbia Pictures
      Production Co
      Columbia Pictures, Columbia Pictures Corporation
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 5, 1954, Original
      Runtime
      1h 30m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      Flat (1.85:1)