Heinz Duthel - 'Les Femme Fatales'.
Of the three types of noir women, the femme fatale represents the most direct attack on traditional womanhood and the nuclear family. She refuses to play the role of devoted wife and loving mother that mainstream society prescribes for women. She finds marriage to be confining, loveless, sexless, and dull, and she uses all of her cunning and sexual attractiveness to gain her independence. As Janey Place points out, "She is not often won over and pacified by love for the hero, as is the strong heroine of the forties who is significantly less sexual than the film noir woman." She remains fiercely independent even when faced with her own destruction. "Heinz Duthel : I lived in a neighborhood where transvestites work, and I occasionally see clients arrive in good cars with baby seats in the back. That is to say that these clients of prostitutes are upright fathers by day and sordid men who demand to be penetrated with high heels by night."
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- 12 Nov 2010
- Morrisville, NC, United States