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Who is the best Femme Fatale?

Fırat Ataç

about 2 years ago

My all time favorites are Linda Fiorentino in The Last Seduction and Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct….Who are yours?

flip trotsky

about 2 years ago

Lizabeth Scott, I think.

Miasma

about 2 years ago

Linda Fiorentino is certainly in the running for Big Killer Femme Fatale. Rumor has it she won her role in MIB with Sonnenfeld in a poker game.

Fırat Ataç

about 2 years ago

Wow…This rumor made my skin crawl…Linda, Linda Linda…

muleyha​ven

about 2 years ago

Jessica Rabbit, hands down.

David Ehrenst​ein

about 2 years ago

In “The Last Seduction” Linda Fiorentino delivers what Sharon Stone barely promises.

She should have had a bigger career.

Junderh​ump

about 2 years ago

That would be Gloria Grahame. End Of Thread.

jsaez

about 2 years ago

Barbara Stanwyck as Phyllis Dietrichson in “Double Indemnity”

I actually did a list of my top ten Femme Fatales. Check it out at http://mubi.com/lists/deadly-is-the-female-top-10-femmes-fatales-not-all-from-film-noir

Daniel Vincent

about 2 years ago

Yup, I would have to say a tie between Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity and Peggy Cummins in Gun Crazy.

ruby stevens

about 2 years ago

i also have a list. my favorite might be jane greer in out of the past

I never saw her in the daytime. We seemed to live by night. What was left of the day went away like a pack of cigarettes you smoked. I didn’t know where she lived. I never followed her. All I ever had to go on was a place and time to see her again. I don’t know what we were waiting for. Maybe we thought the world would end.

ruby stevens

about 2 years ago

and then there’s ann savage in detour. probably the meanest dame this side of linda fiorentino

Say who do you think you’re talking to – a hick? Listen Mister, I been around, and I know a wrong guy when I see one. What’d you do, kiss him with a wrench?

I’d hate to see a fellow as young as you wind up sniffin’ that perfume Arizona hands out free to murderers

toodead

about 2 years ago

nah. no one jumps on a chap like betty amann. that’s pretty fatal.

ruby stevens

about 2 years ago

asphalt? thx mags, i’ll add it to my list xD

tomas.roges

about 2 years ago

Detour is on netflix instant. I’m going to have to check that one out.

DownByL​aw

about 2 years ago

I don’t know that I could pick a best overall, but I do agree with how good Fiorentino was in The Last Seduction. I think she played the role beautifully, but I also really like the character. Instead of developing some ridiculously complex plan all in advance, she is just ruthlessly dedicated to getting what she wants and is brilliant at fast thinking on her feet. Unstoppable.

Stavrogin

about 2 years ago

Kathleen Turner in Body Heat

Doctor Lemongl​ow

about 2 years ago

Lizabeth Scott in DEAD RECKONING is a piece of work, and yeah, Stanwyck in DOUBLE INDEMNITY, and Gardner in THE KILLERS are prototype Bad News Babes whose schemes lead to destruction.
Along those lines, I also like Yvonne DeCarlo in CRISS CROSS, Peggy Cummins in GUN CRAZY, and Joan Bennett in SCARLET STREET.
There are numerous gradations of determination in film noir narrative that indicate how pre-destined the actions or motives of these women really are. Some of these gals are born bad, others drawn into dire circumstances, and in the case of Gene Tierney in LAURA, she’s simply standing there while men become obsessed with her.
So for me the ideal femme fatale is that woman who—from the gate and purely of her own volition—takes us by the hand and leads us straight to hell, with no compunctions that she’s joining us there.
Gotta go with Gene Tierney in LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN. That epic case of Electra syndrome and her icy demeanor remain unmatched.
I’m also fascinated by that spooky angel of death Jean Simmons plays in ANGEL FACE.
Gloria Swanson is a variation on that theme in SUNSET BLVD., and Marilyn Monroe is the most boldly calculating bitch in that context. She should have been bad more often.
Then there’s Jessica Walter in PLAY MISTY FOR ME.

NIGHTSH​IFT

about 2 years ago

@…“there’s ann savage in detour. probably the meanest dame this side of linda fiorentino”
Real nightmare!

Jeanne Moreau in THE BRIDE WORE BLACK (‘68)
Mieko Harada as Lady Kaede in RAN (’85)

jsaez

about 2 years ago

I dont know if I would consider Moreau a femme fatale in The Bride Wore Black. She’s more of a lady of vengeance. Regardless, she’s magnificent.

NIGHTSH​IFT

about 2 years ago

Fuck it, Moreau got enough body count, schemed her way smartly even the artist dude fell for her.

Lana Turner in THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE

ruby stevens

about 2 years ago

kiri kiri kiri

NIGHTSH​IFT

about 2 years ago

AAAAARRRGH!!!

ruby stevens

about 2 years ago

lol

also, i love angelica huston as lilly in the grifters

annette bening was pretty good in that too

David Ehrenst​ein

about 2 years ago

Huston in The Girfters reaches heights of Pity and Terror not seen outside of Jacobean revenge tragedy, as for example

Fırat Ataç

about 2 years ago

I also have a blog about Femme Fatales. Take a look: Fırat Ataç’s Femme Fatales

Fırat Ataç

about 2 years ago

…Linda Fiorentino in Jade

No mention of the wonderful Isabelle???

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about 2 years ago

NEXT!!!

Miasma

about 2 years ago

^Damn. Should’ve mentioned her.

Fırat Ataç

about 2 years ago

Totall Recall, Basic Instinct, Diabolique, The Quick and the Dead