Human Desire

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"A rarity on the screen … a RAW slice of life!"
  • NR
  • 1954
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 7.1  (6,204)

In 1954, acclaimed filmmaker Fritz Lang directed "Human Desire", a noir drama that depicted the complexity of human emotions and desires. The movie starred Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, and Broderick Crawford in their respective roles, each portraying their character's quirks and flaws with great depth and nuance. The story of "Human Desire" is based on the novel "La Bête Humaine" by Émile Zola. It follows Jeff Warren (Glenn Ford), a returning Korean War veteran who gets a job as a train engineer. During his journey, he meets and falls for Vicki Buckley (Gloria Grahame), the seductive wife of his co-worker and friend Carl Buckley (Broderick Crawford).

As the plot unravels, viewers realize that Vicki is not as innocent as she seems, and Jeff becomes involved in a dark web of adultery, scandal, and deceit. At the center of the story is the train, symbolizing the characters' inability to escape their fate, emotions, and desires.

One of the main themes of "Human Desire" is the exploration of human nature, especially the darker aspects that drive people to fulfill their deepest desires, regardless of the consequences. The character of Vicki, in particular, embodies this idea as she manipulates men to satisfy her lustful yearnings.

Gloria Grahame's performance as Vicki is one of the highlights of the movie. She impeccably portrays the character's sexual allure, emotional fragility, and volatile behavior. Her chemistry with Glenn Ford is palpable, creating an intense and complicated relationship that keeps the audience engaged throughout the film.

Glenn Ford, on the other hand, delivers a solid performance as Jeff Warren, a man torn between loyalty to his friend Carl and his feelings for Vicki. His portrayal is subtle yet powerful, conveying the character's inner turmoil and confusion with remarkable restraint.

The third lead of the movie, Broderick Crawford, is equally impressive as Carl Buckley. He imbues the character with an imposing presence and an air of menace, making him a formidable adversary for Jeff and Vicki.

Aside from the compelling characters, "Human Desire" also features Lang's signature visual style, full of symbolism and chiaroscuro lighting. The train, the tracks, and the surrounding landscapes all become motifs that add to the film's noir atmosphere and its exploration of human psychology.

Overall, "Human Desire" is a masterful work of art that showcases the talents of its director and actors. It is a movie that grapples with the complexities of human nature, the darkness within us, and the consequences of our actions. A must-see for any film lover, especially those who appreciate the genre of film noir.

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    7.1  (6,204)