Femme fatale : cinema's most unforgettable lethal ladies

by Mainon, Dominique.

Format: Print Book 2009
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Community Library of Castle Shannon Non Fiction 791.43 Mainon
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Collection  Non Fiction
Call Number  791.43 Mainon
(Limelight). From the femme fatale of the early cinema to her post-feminist rebirth, this lavishly illustrated book and comprehensive guide traces the history of these dangerously alluring, manipulative, and desperate lethal ladies. Femme Fatale surveys the history of the femme fatale in world cinema, with more than 300 photographs testifying to the power of these mysterious women. The book begins with the silent period and its vamps, like Theda Bara, Pola Negri, Clara Bow, and Bebe Daniels, then moves on to the Pre-Code sound period of American films, which, showing liberated attitudes toward sex and women, featured actresses like Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich, and Greta Garbo. The story continues with the noir 1940s, when the femme fatale became truly lethal including actresses like Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth, and Barbara Stanwyck. In the repressive 1950s, the international femme fatale took the fore Brigitte Bardot, Maria Felix, Elizabeth Taylor, Anita Ekberg, etc. Finally, the authors turn to the revolutionary post-feminist modern period, with an array of lethal ladies from all over the world, like Pam Grier, Salma Hayek, Gong Li, Angelina Jolie, and Sharon Stone.
Pre-code femme fatales in the early cinema : from liberation to repression
Film noir's deadly female : subversion and transgression
The femme fatale is silenced in the U.S. : the rise of the international femme fatale
The post-feminist explosion : the femme fatale comes into her own.

Additional Information
Subjects Femmes fatales in motion pictures.
Sex in motion pictures.
Feminism and motion pictures.
Publisher New York :Limelight Editions,2009
Contributors Ursini, James.
Language English
Description 393 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 388), filmography (pages 376-387), and index.
ISBN 9780879103699
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