Posts Tagged ‘femme fatale’

Vivien Leigh (Blance DuBois), Marlon Brando (Stanley Kowalski), Kim Hunter (Stella), Karl Malden (Harold Mitchell). Screenplay by Tennessee Williams. Directed by Elia Kazan. Rating: 12. Running time: 122 minutes. Putting my relatively robust knowledge of American cinema history to use, I’ve been scouring my mind for examples of female characters in the movies that have […]


Teresa Wright (Charlie Newton), Joseph Cotten (Uncle Charlie). Screenplay by Thornton Wilder, Alma Reville and Sally Benson. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: PG. Running time: 108 minutes. If I said Dial M was an exercise in suspense, us as viewers anxiously waiting for the film’s characters to discover what we already know, then it seems that […]


Burt Lancaster (Ole ‘Swede’ Andreson), Ava Gardner (Kitty Collins), Edmond O’Brien (Jim Reardon). Screenplay by Anthony Veiller. Directed by Robert Siodmak. Running time: 103 minutes. The Killers is textbook noir: murder, mystery and dark motives, all playing out around a glamorous temptress lurking in the background who goes by the name of Kitty Collins. She’s better […]


Naomi Watts (Betty), Laura Harring (Rita), Ann Miller (Coco), Justin Theroux (Adam Kesher). Screenplay by David Lynch. Directed by David Lynch. Rating: 15. Running time: 147 minutes. Nobody could ever accuse David Lynch of not being intriguing, but those accustomed with his work will know his adventurous filmmaking always suffered significant flaws up until Mulholland […]


Humphrey Bogart (Sam Spade), Mary Astor (Bridget O’Shaughnessy), Peter Lorre (Joel Cairo), Sydney Greenstreet (Kasper Gutman). Screenplay by John Huston. Directed by John Huston. Rating: PG. Running time: 101 minutes. With hindsight, then, it is apparently here where it all most evidently began: noir and the femme fatale, mysterious MacGuffins, and even Bogart as the […]