This exhibition brings together a community of participants from three countries who have made new works based on Scarlet Street, one of the most peculiar examples of American film noir cinema. Directed by the great German émigré filmmaker Fritz Lang in 1945 and adapted from French sources, it was initially censored but later became celebrated as a subversive classic and for being the first Hollywood melodrama to end in an immoral manner.

The film tells the story of Christopher Cross (played by Edward G. Robinson), a middle-age cashier and amateurpainter who allows himself to be misled by a beautiful young seductress (Joan Bennett) after the femme fatale and her abusive boyfriend mistake the love-struck fool for a renowned artist. When they realize their error, they begin to successfully sell Cross’s paintings under her name. The dupe is thrilled by the attention from critics and from the young woman until he discovers that his admirer is a mere gold-digger.

The plot inevitably ends in heartbreak for the deceived protagonist, who kills the woman in a fit of despair and eventually goes insane. Although he is absolved of the murder, the film concludes with him wandering darkened streets, confronted by his own (self-) portrait of the woman in the window of the city’s most prestigious gallery. He remains haunted by his now completely unattainable successes in both art and love.

Scarlet Street – both the film and this exhibition – exemplify the gloomy yet glamorous atmosphere, mysterious narrative patterns, and unsettling visual effects that characterize film noir and gothic melodramas of the 1940s.

The new works made for this show specifically address the themes of Scarlet Street, such as the instability of authorship, a complicated view of feminism, uncertainty about (self-) portrayal, and a dark humor exemplified in its unparalleled witty badinage. Accordingly, the exhibition creates a state of tension and a feeling of ambiguity to echo the fascinating junction of French, German, and American culture that is Scarlet Street.


LOCATION: Lucien Terras Gallery
DATES: September 8th - October 30th, 2016
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Lucien Terras 325 Broome Street New York, NY 10002

Scarlet Street at Lucien Terras Gallery

When
Sept 8 - Oct 30, 2016
Where
Lucien Terras
325 Broome Street
New York, NY 10002

This exhibition brings together a community of participants from three countries who have made new works based on Scarlet Street, one of the most peculiar examples of American film noir cinema. Directed by the great German émigré filmmaker Fritz Lang in 1945 and adapted from French sources, it was initially censored but later became celebrated as a subversive classic and for being the first Hollywood melodrama to end in an immoral manner.

The film tells the story of Christopher Cross (played by Edward G. Robinson), a middle-age cashier and amateurpainter who allows himself to be misled by a beautiful young seductress (Joan Bennett) after the femme fatale and her abusive boyfriend mistake the love-struck fool for a renowned artist. When they realize their error, they begin to successfully sell Cross’s paintings under her name. The dupe is thrilled by the attention from critics and from the young woman until he discovers that his admirer is a mere gold-digger.

The plot inevitably ends in heartbreak for the deceived protagonist, who kills the woman in a fit of despair and eventually goes insane. Although he is absolved of the murder, the film concludes with him wandering darkened streets, confronted by his own (self-) portrait of the woman in the window of the city’s most prestigious gallery. He remains haunted by his now completely unattainable successes in both art and love.

Scarlet Street – both the film and this exhibition – exemplify the gloomy yet glamorous atmosphere, mysterious narrative patterns, and unsettling visual effects that characterize film noir and gothic melodramas of the 1940s.

The new works made for this show specifically address the themes of Scarlet Street, such as the instability of authorship, a complicated view of feminism, uncertainty about (self-) portrayal, and a dark humor exemplified in its unparalleled witty badinage. Accordingly, the exhibition creates a state of tension and a feeling of ambiguity to echo the fascinating junction of French, German, and American culture that is Scarlet Street.


LOCATION: Lucien Terras Gallery
DATES: September 8th - October 30th, 2016
Click here for more information
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