Screening the Femme Fatale (2017) – NE: The Big Sleep (Mon 18 Dec)

Next Event: Maandag 18 december 2017: The Big Sleep (1946) Femme Fatale Film Festival Film Noirs met een persoonlijke introductie door Barbette December  2017 Filmhuis Lumen (Delft):   The Strange Love of Martha Ivers(4 dec) en The Big Sleep (18 dec) November 2017 Filmhuis Lumen (Delft): Gilda en Scarlet Street   September 2017 Het Kijkhuis (Leiden) Scarlet Street, Gun Crazy…

The Fatal Fantasy (Introduction)

The Femme Fatale archetype has her footprints all over culture, throughout history. From ancient mythology to todays videogames. And the Film Noir version of the Femme Fatale is a specialized, socially relevant and easily identifiable class. The six fatal women I chose to write about belong in a time frame and to a specific genre,…

Vicki Buckley in Human Desire

Vicki’s play dates in Human Desire (1954): France Paris SARL Moteur Tue 12 Dec Spain Mallorca Universitat de les Illes Balears Tue 10 April 18

Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard

Norma’s play dates in Sunset Boulevard (1950): Belgium Brussel Cinematek Wed Dec 13 Spain Madrid Sunset Cinema SL Tue 26 Dec Latvia Riga Splendid Palace Thu 28 Dec Republic of Ireland Dublin Lighthouse Cinema Smithfield Sun 31 Dec United Kingdom London BFI Southbank Thu 11 Jan United Kingdom London BFI Southbank Mon 22 Jan United…

Vivian Rutledge in The Big Sleep

Vivian’s play dates in The Big Sleep (1946): Denmark Kopenhagen The Cinematheque Sat 16 Dec The Netherlands Delft Lumen Mon 18 Dec Denmark Kopenhagen The Cinematheque Tue 9 Jan Denmark Kopenhagen The Cinematheque Sat 13 Jan Scratch when it Itches by Barbette: Scratch When It Itches (The Big Sleep, 1946)

Kathie in Out of the Past

Kathie’s play dates in Out of the Past (1947): United States Panorama City Branch Library Tue 2 Jan Spain Mallorca Universitat de les Illes Balears Tue 13 Feb 2018 Read more about Kathy in The Call of the Siren by Barbette: The Call of the Siren (Out of the Past, 1947) Part 1

Evelyn Mulwray in Chinatown

Evelyn’s play dates in Chinatown (1974): Finland Laskut National Audio Visual Archive Finland Fri 05 Jan United States Champaign IL Virginia Theatre Tue Jan 16 United States Champaign IL Virginia Theatre Thu Jan 18 Finland Laskut National Audio Visual Archive Finland Sun 21 Jan United States Ventura Regency Theatre Thu Mar 15 United States Sonoma,…

Annie Laurie Starr in Gun Crazy

Annie’s play dates in Gun Crazy (1950): United States Durham NC Retro Film Series Fri 30 March 2018 Read about Gun Crazy in “Wild Animals” by Barbette: Wild Animals (Gun Crazy, 1950)  

Darkness Descends (Double Indemnity, 1944)

For the Femme Fatale distance and intimacy are very potent weapons. When used interchangeably, and in nonsensical order, it bestows upon her the power to confuse and bewilder her victim. Add on an intoxicating dose of gutsy sex appeal, and we have a drug so powerful it will floor even the most hardboiled of men. …