Directed by Jean Renoir • 1947 • United States
Starring Joan Bennett, Robert Ryan, Charles Bickford
Filled with primal lust, bold imagery, and murderous hearts, Jean Renoir’s fifth American film (heavily recut by the studio prior to its release) is the renowned French director’s fever dream of a film noir. Peggy (Joan Bennett) feels trapped, lacking the will to break free of her husband Tod (Charles Bickford), a famed painter whose career and eyesight she destroyed during a violent quarrel. A war-traumatized sailor (Robert Ryan), eager to claim Peggy for himself, is convinced Tod feigns blindness to control her. To prove it, he’ll take Tod for a stroll along the seaside cliffs . . . and watch as the artist nears the edge.