Leaving much of the sex and violence to our steamy little imaginations, Human Desire crackles with both. Grahame sizzles as the temptress who lures Ford from the straight and narrow, involving him in all the things his mother warned this nice boy to avoid. He’s in “love” the moment he meets her despite the sweet young thing who grew up waiting for him while he was overseas. What this pair lacks in scruples they make up for in chemistry. Lots of familiar faces round out the cast and add dimension to the story. Well written and paced, Human Desire is a splendid example of film noir when it works. It’s the film that makes you want to own Film Noir Classics II.
In addition to Martin Scorsese’s piece, special features include digitally remastered audio and video widescreen; two featurettes, “Pulp Paranoia” with Christopher Nolan, and “Terror and Desire” with Emily Mortimer; and original theatrical trailers which are not to be missed.
Bottom Line: Would I buy/rent Film Noir Classics II? Yes. Although the collection is uneven, what’s good is very, very good.