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You Only Live Once

5

Depression-era circumstance and society stack up against an ex-con and his pregnant lover

When someone mentions “the stain of the world” in a Fritz Lang film, it doesn’t wash out easily.

A moral ambivalence about systems of justice runs deep in the M director’s second US film.

Henry Fonda’s ex-con tries to go straight with his pregnant lover (Sylvia Sidney); Depression-era circumstance and society stack up against them.

The poignancy combines with Lang’s expressionist shadows, setting a moody standard for all later ‘criminal lovers’ flicks. Bonnie And Clyde owes this indelible tragi-noir a big one.

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