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Dangerous dames : women and representation in the Weimar street film and film noir

Author: Jans B Wager
Publisher: Athens : Ohio University Press, ©1999.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Both film noir and the Weimar street film hold a continuing fascination for film spectators and film theorists alike. The female characters, especially the alluring femmes fatales, remain a focus for critical and popular attention. The antithesis of the femme fatale, which Wager calls the femme attrapee, has received considerably less notice. Unlike most theorists, Jans Wager examines these archetypes from the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wager, Jans B., 1958-
Dangerous dames.
Athens : Ohio University Press, ©1999
(OCoLC)607157750
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jans B Wager
ISBN: 0821412701 9780821412701
OCLC Number: 40269586
Description: xvi, 159 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: pt. 3. Film noir contexts and texts. The noir years : U.S. war and postwar culture and cinema, 1941-1958 --
The stuff of dreams : film noir and the Maltese falcon --
Why do you have to murder people? The femme fatale and femme attrapee in Gun crazy --
Film noir traps all femmes : all women are femmes fatales in The big heat.
Responsibility: Jans B. Wager.

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Both film noir and the Weimar street film hold a continuing fascination for film spectators and film theorists alike. The female characters, especially the alluring femmes fatales, remain a focus for critical and popular attention. The antithesis of the femme fatale, which Wager calls the femme attrapee, has received considerably less notice. Unlike most theorists, Jans Wager examines these archetypes from the perspective of the female spectator and rejects the persistence of vision that allows a reading of these female characters only as representations of unstable postwar masculinity. Instead, she suggests that the woman in the audience has always seen and understood these characters as representations of some aspect of her own existence.

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