We’re having Femme Fatale Sunday. That is, we are watching movies with murderous dames (these are movies from the 1940s; I’m allowed to say “dames”). You probably guessed I was not vamping around in ankle-strap pumps myself. Although that might be fun sometime.
Usually when I write about movies in the blog, I prefer to stick with the cheesy variety. Today, however we are enjoying some classic films noir, Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. Both are based on novels from James M. Cain, a notable writer of pulp fiction back in the day.
I love film noir, but I must confess I like it for the plots above all else. Other aficionados of the genre (doesn’t that phrase sound nice?) appreciate the cinematography, the play of shadows and the use of light and dark. I enjoy that too, but for me it is the story that keeps me coming back for more. Sometimes I’ll watch a picture that is advertised as a film noir only to be disappointed. The woman will be femme but not fatale, the movie as a whole will lack that moral ambiguity that I treasure.
There is probably a much better discussion to be had here, but right now I am having a lazy Sunday watching movies. I may pause to make some popcorn.