A Look At Lethal Ladies
In my new Grand Old Movies blog post, I take a look at the newest film noir retrospective running from July 18 through August 7, 2014, at the Film Forum, NYC’s invaluable independent revival theater. “Femmes Noirs: Hollywood’s Dangerous Dames" surveys some of the classic, and classiest, femmes fatales to come out of Hollywood’s golden age of noir, from the 1940s-1950s (and also a sideways glance at some post- and proto-noirs for good measure). Included in the series are such lethal ladies as Barbara Stanwyck, iconic in her best-known role as deadly Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity; luscious Ava Gardner in The Killers; icy Gene Tierney in Leave Her To Heaven; sexy Rita Hayworth in Gilda; piquant Jean Simmons in Angel Face; and maybe the craziest, most manipulative noir dame of all, Ann Savage in Detour, a film that looks as if it was made for $1.98, but packs more noir angst, despair, and female venom in its 60-odd minutes than can be imagined. Mouth watering for more? OK, there’s lots more. Read my post here to find out; and check out the Film Forum schedule here.