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posted 8/21/2011 10:28:40 PM |
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Femmes fatale, a subgroup of film noir, were another favorite feature of mine from forties film. Every film
that featured a flawed hero had to include the evil seductress to tempt and meddle with the protagonist's
plans. A clickable list of featured bad girls can be found here, listed with the movies in which
they starred. (I must admit that I'm not as familiar with most of these women as I would like to be,
but they co-starred in many of the landmark films of the genre).

If I had to pick my favorite, it would have to Lauren Bacall in "To have and Have Not" with
Humphrey Bogart. In this film Ms. Bacall was only 19, but played the part with years' more sophistication.
Kim Novak was another favorite. Although "Vertigo," my favorite Novak movie, isn't included on the link
I've supplied, it has to be one of my favorite femme fatale roles. Hot platinum blonde!

Go here to see one of my favorite scenes from "To Have and Have Not". Go here to see
my favorite scene from "Vertigo," where Kim Novak returns to the"Madeleine" character with
whom Jimmy Stewart has fallen in love.

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Aug 21 @ 11:34PM  
I was surprised at how many I had never heard of. I watch a lot crime drama movies from the thirties through fifties and I can't recall any really missing.

Aug 22 @ 12:02AM  
I know who most of them are including the lady I was named after. (I think my dad had a crush on her. LOL) There was an art theatre in the East Village who had free movies on Thursday night and showed movies from the 30s and 40s. The place was always packed with college students.

Aug 22 @ 2:48PM  
Lauren Bacall: Now there's a lady I would have loved to get stranded on an island with- foxy eyes and class!


Aug 22 @ 3:37PM  
Lauren Bacall: Now there's a lady I would have loved to get stranded on an island with- foxy eyes and class!

I read a very interesting book last year by Humphrey Bogart/Lauren Bacall's son Steven Bogart, In Search of My Father. I heartily recommend it. Lauren Bacall is painted by him in a far different light than I anticipated. She is depicted very much as unaffectionate, a perfectionist, and though this is a weird term to call a woman, a stuffed shirt. One thing he said that I recall was (sic) "My mother wasn't a fair weather friend. She was a foul weather friend." He explained that only time she was warm and supportive was when something went wrong in his life.

Aug 22 @ 6:48PM  
Lauren Bacall: Now there's a lady I would have loved to get stranded on an island with- foxy eyes and class!
Yep. LOTS of great scenes with her throughout moviedom.

Perhaps some of you are wondering why I'm so taken by Kim Novak. If you've never
seen "Vertigo," do yourself a favor and rent it. You might have to watch it several times
to get the full impact of the situation. The heavy scenes are shot from a sympathetic
viewpoint as Jimmy Stewart's character would view them. Once you learn about love
gained, lost, and reborn, the full impact of the scene I posted becomes clear.
Hitchcock was a master in direction and editing. I'll share some more of my faves
from Hitchcock later...

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