The Femme Fatale on a hot August night


“Never has a woman been so beautiful, so exotic, so dangerous to know!” (the tagline for Laura 1944).

Only a woman as duplicitous, manipulative, predatory, mysterious and gorgeous as the Film Noir Femme Fatale could inspire such sentiment.

Beginning tonight, the Pacific Cinematheque begins its wildly popular summer series of Film Noir classics. You can see all the femme fatale greats Gene Tierney as “Laura”, Lana Turner in “The Postman Always Rings Twice“, Barbara Stanwyck in “Double Indemnity“, Veronica Lake in “This Gun for Hire“, and Lauren Bacall in “Dark Passage“. This series has always been a guilty pleasure for me – a hot summer night, buttery popcorn, cheesy dialogue and hard-boiled detectives make the perfect combination.

If you can’t make it down to the Cinematheque, check out the line up of Film Noirs on – our Homage to Film Noir contest is up. There’s still time to post your tale of bleak alienation, moral ambiguity, corruption and evil, but make it in black & white, please!


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