Second, the simplicity of the characters is something that I enjoy about Lang's movies. I tend to think of them as something like philosophical thought experiments: he's simplifying the people and their relations to such an extent because it makes everything crystal clear. (I think Andrew Sarris compares Lang's movies to fables at some point, and I guess that gets at a similar idea.) It allows us to get to the emotional and intellectual point of it all more directly.
I can't understand how anyone bought anything he said, especially the art people
Are we really supposed to believe that Robinson's character is so stupid
he would fall for Bennett's horribly conceived character??? She is
never once convincing, and anyone with half a brain cell would've been
on to her. Outrageous.