The Elements of Film Noir

By December 9, 2015Main

The Femme Fatale

The deadly woman at the heart of many Film Noirs is fatal to others and often to herself (in Neo-Noir this has changed somewhat). The femme fatale is seductive, beautiful and treacherous, often much stronger than the male characters, she’s been around a few times and is out to get hers at any cost. The femme fatale can be completely ruthless and amoral (think The Last Seduction (1994)) or she can be a more of a tragic figure like Faye Dunaway in Chinatown (1974).

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