Rethinking the Femme Fatale in Film Noir by J. Grossman
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In the context of nineteenth-century Victorinoir and close readings of original-cycle film noir, Julie Grossman argues that the presence of the "femme fatale" figure, as she is understood in film criticism and popular culture, is drastically over-emphasized and has helped to sustain cultural obsessions with "bad" women.
 

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JULIE GROSSMAN is Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English, Communication and Film Studies at Le Moyne College, New York, USA. She is co-editor of A Due Voci: The Photography of Rita Hammond and has published articles on film noir, Francis Ford Coppola, Todd Haynes, Oscar Wilde and Karen Finley, and Thomas Hardy and Henry James.
 
Published December 24, 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan. 176 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Specifically in a late classical period noir such as The Big Heat (1953) and the neo-noir Chinatown (1974), Grossman locates an explicit, revisionist attempt to identify such tendencies that remained more implicit within the classical film noir.

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Specifically in a late classical period noir such as The Big Heat (1953) and the neo-noir Chinatown (1974), Grossman locates an explicit, revisionist attempt to identify such tendencies that remained more implicit within the classical film noir.

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