Fritz LangSylvia Sidney, Henry Fonda, Barton MacLane
USA / 1937 / English / 86 minutes / DCP / Black & White
Fritz Lang’s second American feature elevates his recurring themes of fate and destiny in this superb film noir, expressed stylistically with shimmering light and menacing darkness. Henry Fonda stars as a three-time loser, unjustly convicted of murder, who becomes a fugitive with his pregnant wife. Lang’s existential masterpiece poses ambiguous riddles of guilt and innocence, critiquing the damning nature of past sins in a judgmental society. An early on-the-run touchstone that would inspire Bonnie and Clyde.