30 Days of Noir: Day 3 ~ The Femme Fatal

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From The Maltese Falcon:

Brigid O’Shaughnessy: I haven’t lived a good life. I’ve been bad, worse than you could imagine.

Sam Spade: You know, that’s good. Because if you actually were as innocent as you pretend to be, we’d never get anywhere.

The femme fatale is essential to a good piece of noir. By definition, the femme fatale is a stock character of a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations. She is an archtype of literature and art.

Basically, she creates havoc for the men in her life. Think Eve, as in Adam & Eve.

Probably my favorite film noir femme fatale is Lizabeth Scott, not only because she was born  in Scranton, Pennsylvania, up near where I grew up. Too Late For Tears is a classic of her, but my favorite of hers is Pitfall:

I shot the image above of the wonderful actress Olivia Roric, “in character” for her role in Two Detectives. She slipped in and out of the femme fatale role with ease when we were in Grand Central Terminal shooting.

Ah the femme fatale…can’t have noir without her!

(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

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