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  1. Maurizio Roca

    Man I love Force Of Evil. Not sure if I agree with Sam above though of it being darker than Scarlet Street. The ending of that Lang film is extremely depressing and nihilistic. While Force Of Evil is no picnic at the park, you feel that Joe Morse can achieve some form of redemption through his newfound moral outlook and the love of a good woman. It offers some hope where Scarlet Street does not. I will say that the Polonsky film is a slightly better noir in my eyes. John Garfield’s best performance and an absolute stunning example of 1940’s cinema.

  2. “John Garfield’s best performance and an absolute stunning example of 1940?s cinema.” Yes Maurizio!

    Scarlet Street is dark in an existential sense, but Force of Evil is savage in its social indictment, and for me a much stronger film.

  3. Lee Bartoletti

    I saw this film for the first time about two years ago, and couldn’t for the life of me understand why I had never read about it. A great performance by Garfield, and (as Tony D’Ambra said) savage in its social indictment…

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