Femme Noir
FATALE ATTRACTION

Traditional Film Noir represents a world of shadows and dark overtones. The movies that comprise this genre share a number of visual themes such as murky streets, foggy nights, rain-swept towns, dimly-lit rooms, shadowy reflections in mirrors, and deep, menacing shadows.

The depiction of Female characters in film noir is varied and complex. From innocent victim to gutsy and sincere, there is no portrayal as compelling as the femme fatale,  a beautiful woman who uses her feminine wiles and cunning to get what she wants at the expense of the men who desire her.

This Web site is intended to explore the role of the femme fatale in film noir. It brings together a wealth of information relating to film noir, including links to the genre, its actors, and the movies. This site should provide an invaluable starting point for students of film, communications and culture, and women's studies, as well as those who are interested in learning more about the genre.

The women selected for this site represent the many facets of the femme fatale in film noir - from angel-faced innocence to the shrill and abusive harpy.
These women are as seductive as they are dangerous.


MARY ASTOR
PEGGY CUMMINS
BETTE DAVIS
AVA GARDNER
 JANE GREER
RITA HAYWORTH
ANN SAVAGE
JEAN SIMMONS
BARBARA STANWYCK
LANA TURNER

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created by Linda Fraser, c 2002