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A Walk Down Scarlett Street Fritz Langes Scarlett Street is a film about a man betrayed by old age the past and the woman who represents his lost youth When the viewer first meets the protagonist he appears to be much like any other man in the middle of his life Christopher Cross has been working for the same bank for several years and has become complacent living an average life making a very average wage It is at party honoring his faithful service that the viewer first gets a glimpse into Christopher Crosss desire for youth as we witness Christopher ogling his bosss young mistress At this point in the film it becomes apparent that Christopher Cross wishes that he too could reclaim his youth by finding a young woman who could help him make up for the years he has lost in an unsatisfactory relationship with his current wife Later that night almost like in a fairy tale Christopher Cross saves a young damsel in distress and suddenly his dream of youth restored becomes a reality as he sparks up a relationship with a woman many years his junior Christopher Cross continues to live out his fantasy until the pivotal point in the film when he realizes that his entire relationship with Lazy Legs his young mistress was nothing but a charade and faces his destiny as a lonely old man who will forever regret the choices he made In this crucial scene the films director Fritz Lange uses symbolism most notably distorted diagetic phonograph music to represent Christopher Crosss shattered dream and contrasting tones which symbolize the incompatibility between Lazy Legs youth and Christopher Crosss middle age As this scene begins a white mens hat sits on an end table which represents Lazy Legs heart A bright light encompasses the end table as Christopher Cross opens Lazy Legs front door and notices the hat sitting there Christopher is
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