Femmes Fatales on Film
She’s as much a part of noir as rain-swept streets—the mysterious woman who leads some unsuspecting man down a dark alley and to his doom. But the femme fatale is more than a hard-boiled cliché—she’s a symbol of women’s place, and power, in the culture. We’ll chart this character’s development over six films: Double Indemnity, Leave Her to Heaven, Body Heat, To Die For, The Grifters, and Gone Girl. We also will watch as what began as a symbol of male fear turned into an icon of fierce feminism.
You'll Walk Away with
- An understanding of how the common cinematic trope of the femme fatale has evolved over the years
- Familiarity with a broad range of films and cinematic genres that use the femme fatale
- All members of the community—working, retired, and in between
- Screenwriters, directors, and anyone with an interest in film