Laure, a sultry former jewel thief and con woman, tries to straighten out her life. Suddenly, she is exposed to the world and her enemies by a voyeuristic photographer, Nicholas Bardo, who takes a special interest in her.
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Rewatch. Seems very new and old-fashioned at the same time. In its way, it picks up where Body Double left off in that just as that film was a deconstruction of sorts of a modern 'thriller,' this one seems to deconstruct the conventions of roman noir/film noir.
Generally, Brian De Palma is not the director you should look to for a take on female psychology—he's too enamored of male fantasies, and the two are barely tangent. But I'd be curious to know what women cinephiles make of this one. Its good girl/bad girl split makes for an intriguing inner life: the "good girl" may be safer, but there's real satisfaction in knowing she could be the "bad girl" if she really wanted.
Technical virtuosism alone doesn't make a movie. Directing actors and developing coherent and interesting stories sure aren't de Palma's qualities. The only good movies he's made that I've watched are Carrie, Body Double and Dressed to Kill. Everything else goes from meh (Carlito's Way, Casualties of War, Mission Impossible, Blow Out) to disastrous (Scarface, Sisters, The Fury, The Untouchables, The Black Dahlia).
Seen for the third time last night. Between two homages to Alfred Hitchcock, Brian De Palma uses with maestria dreams and their traps to deceive the audience. The film is best seen several times in order to notice all the clues the director strews the images of FEMME FATALE. Recommended.
More homage from De Palma, this time to Hitchcock and film noir in general, but it is just such an irresistible thriller that I can't help but have fun every time I watch it. This one continues to grow on me and reinforces the fact that De Palma has made some very good movies in the last decade, regardless of critical reception.
Definitely must be watched more than once to appreciate DePalma's ode to film noir. Beautifully modernized the master is truly at work here showing us one of his blonde beauties go to work! De Palma at his best!