The femme fatale is a staple in film noir: duplicitous, conniving, and of course, drop-dead sexy. She uses her looks to get what she wants. In the process, she wreaks havoc in the lives of men who are fully complicit in their own destruction. Here are just a few of the silver screen’s greatest portrayals of the ultimate dangerous woman.
Anne Francis as Isabella Alexander in Susan Slept Here (Frank Tashlin, 1954)
“Intelligence. Nothing has caused the human race so much trouble as intelligence.”
Rear Window (1954) dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Director: Terry Gilliam
Cinematographer: Roger Pratt
Terence Stamp, Lesley Ann Warren, Peter Fonda + Luis Guzman in ‘The Limey’ [Steven Soderbergh, 1999]
Pitfall | André De Toth | 1948
THE COMFORT OF STRANGERS (1990) dir. Paul Schrader
“Most people? Same job, same gig, doing the same thing 10 years from now. Us? We don’t know what we are doing 10 minutes from now.”
dir. Michael Mann
Uma Thurman drinking coffee.
John Travolta & Samuel L. Jackson drinking coffee.