The Death Of The Femme Fatale


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It's no secret that I'm a big film buff and that one of my favourite subjects to paint are women and so it's probably no big shocker that I'm a big fan of the femme fatale.  I did a lot of my growing up in the 80's and 90's and watched far too many film noir movies for my own good.  That time frame was ripe with plenty of strong yet duplicitous ladies which of course were a throwback to the earlier ones of the 40's and 50's.  But where have they gone in today's cinema?  This occurred to me the other day while I sat there twiddling my thumbs.  John feels that she's been replaced by the (excuse my language here) 'ass-kicking, sharp and pointy, black spandex clad warrior' types that you see today like  'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'.  That's fine and all, but it just seems like they're copying the naughty behavior of their ultra violent male countertypes rather than using their own intellect and feminine wiles to do their evil deeds.  Is it really all about political correctness and that perhaps the femme fatale has simply become outdated and an embarrassment to feminism?  Or maybe it's just the opposite- maybe she's being muzzled.  Not sure.  All I know is that I am desperate for a little dose of glamour and mystery with my leading ladies.  Some 'true red' lipstick, a chignon and a shot of good bourbon would make me a happy girl again.

2 Responses to “The Death Of The Femme Fatale”

  1. Absolutely! I liked the femme fatale characters because it’s fun to sort of glimpse one’s self in a naughtier role here and there–and I can never daydream myself kicking open doors and cartwheeling with a gun in each hand. These new deadly females are exhausting.

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