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Friday, February 8, 2013

When Is a "Slutty Femme Fatale" Not a Slutty Femme Fatale?

Posted by on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 at 12:27 PM

An early submission for the next installment of Loose Lips:

In his introduction to the lastest installment of the Night & Day film noir series at Central Cinema, host Brandon Ryan made repeated and somewhat lascivious reference to the "slutty femme fatales" we'd soon be seeing onscreen. Unfortunately, neither of the films Ryan was discussing—The Sweet Smell of Success and Fargo—contain slutty femme fatale characters, making him look thick-headed at best and casually misogynistic at worst. (Do your homework, kid, or the Night & Day series will become known for great movies preceded by unfun blather.)

In other news, Brendan Kiley says Brandon Ryan does a knockout job as an actor in A Behanding in Spokane, so that's good.


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levide 1
Not to mention that's a pretty loose definition of film noir.
Posted by levide on February 8, 2013 at 12:32 PM · Report this
David Schmader 2
The Night & Day setup is one noir (Sweet Smell of Success) and a contemporary spiritual sibling (Fargo—likely because it also involves operatic groveling).
Posted by David Schmader on February 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM · Report this
yelahneb 3
Ugh. Tired of boys badly disguised as men.
Posted by yelahneb on February 8, 2013 at 12:37 PM · Report this
In Brandon's defense, David, he didn't actually say "Sweet Smell of Success" would include a slutty femme fatale, but rather he referred to SFF's as being one of a number of tropes (along with "moral ambiguity", "hard-boiled protagonists" and "crazy lighting effects", IIRC) that are common to Film Noir as a genre.

I would also point out that, having been to a number of the Night & Day screenings, this is pretty much his standard curtain speech, so it's understandable to some extent if it doesn't provide a 100'% accurate description in every instance; it's just intended to be a general introductory statement.
Posted by COMTE on February 8, 2013 at 2:10 PM · Report this
Sam Levine 5
Could it be possible that in the case of Fargo, this was a joke? The protagonist is a pregnant woman that loves her husband.
Posted by Sam Levine on February 8, 2013 at 2:13 PM · Report this
David Schmader 6
4: I've been to a number of Night & Day screenings, and I disagree this was a standard one.
Posted by David Schmader on February 8, 2013 at 2:15 PM · Report this
@5 Once you realize Marge Gunderson is the epitome of the Slutty Femme Fatale, it's hard to read the memorable quotes section for Fargo without getting more than a little aroused.
Posted by Ah, hon, ya got Arby's all over me on February 8, 2013 at 2:23 PM · Report this

I'm quite certain he's mentioned these tropes, including SFF's at least three or four times...
Posted by COMTE on February 8, 2013 at 2:32 PM · Report this
@5: The way Francis McDormand in Fargo absolutely _flaunts_ her sexy, sexy pregnant tummy... I'm sorry, she ain't no innocent.
Posted by Eric from Boulder on February 8, 2013 at 3:36 PM · Report this

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