Directed by Fritz Lang • 1954 • United States
Starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford
In this adaptation of Emile Zola’s “La bête humaine,” veteran Jeff Warren (Glenn Ford) returns from Korea to his job as a railroad engineer and quickly succumbs to the advances of his boss's wife, Vicki Buckley (played with frank, unvarnished carnality by Gloria Grahame). Thus begins a tangled web of suspicion, sex, and murder involving Vicki and her brutish husband Carl (Broderick Crawford). Directed by Fritz Lang, HUMAN DESIRE evokes a powerful emotional landscape of envy, greed, lust, and violent anger.