What happened to the most deceptive (and evil, and sexy) woman in film – the “femme fatale”?

What happened to the most deceptive (and evil, and sexy) woman in film - the "femme fatale"?Was she a sexist character or an early feminist character?
Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer in "Out of the Past" (1947)



From an article about the lack of modern "deadly women" in film:

"In the restless middle of the 20th century, the femme fatale, the dark queen of film noir, jolted the silver screen with an electric sexuality and lethal cunning it had never seen before. She smoldered, she coveted, she hated, she schemed and, above all, she manipulated the men in her life alternately offering and withholding the promise of love and a mind-blowing screw, playing the poor saps like puppets as the moment required. Along the way, she provided a group of gifted, intrepid Hollywood actresses a chance to shine in a way few of their rivals ever did or could, which is to say darkly: Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity (1944), Lana Turner in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), Rita Hayworth in Gilda (1946) and The Lady from Shanghai (1947), Jane Greer in Out of the Past (1947) unforgettable performances all, in every case a career zenith." 

Violent sex scene from "Out of the Past"

Cherchez La Femme Fatale, Obit Magazine>>

One thought on “What happened to the most deceptive (and evil, and sexy) woman in film – the “femme fatale”?”

  • Bob Brown says:

    Another good article about femme fatales is on these pages about classic film: Moderntimes>>

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