Why Noir? The Femme Fatale
A series on how film noir inspires my art- Entry #5
1. a. causing death
b. bringing ruin
c. causing failure
2. a. determining one's fate
b. of or relating to fate
c. resembling fate in proceeding according to a fixed sequence
Put them both together, and it becomes:
1. a seductive woman who lures men into dangerous or compromising situations
2. a woman who attracts men by an aura of charm and mystery
But I like to think of her in astrological terms.
Astrologically, nemesis is a theoretical star that may have once been a twin star of our sun. A Femme Fatale is a mysterious dark star, a nemesis to the bright, sunny fairy tale princess of my childhood.
But if she is so evil, why do we love her so much?
Be good, be patient, look pretty and maybe the prince will come and save you. I was taught that as a girl, it was the foundation of my world view and identity. I had no examples of powerful, non-domestic women in my life. Into this vacuum stepped the only example of feminine power available to me: the Femme Fatale.
But all the while, I still rejoice in the cathartic glorification of my dark princess, the lost twin star, our nemesis, the Femme Fatale.
For Extra Credit!
A fabulous article: In Defense of Villainesses, by Sarah Gailey- so much fun!
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9/21/2022 04:18:49 pm
I had no idea that "nemesis" had an astrological meaning! So cool! Growing up, the only real example I had of women wielding power was women wielding sexual power - very femme fatale. Cher was like my idea of a really powerful woman!
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