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femme fatale

A mysterious and attractive woman who puts men in dangerous or compromising situations. James Bond is always able to see through the evil plot of the femme fatale.
See also: fatale, femme

(be) a ˌfemme faˈtale

(from French) a beautiful woman that men find sexually attractive but who brings them trouble or unhappiness: The movie follows the relationship between sexy femme fatale Suzy and young lawyer Jim, which eventually leads to a murderous crime of passion.
The meaning of the French expression is ‘disastrous woman’.
See also: fatale, femme
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It's not an entirely convincing argument--Fonda brings nuance to her role, which Gledhill largely disregards--but the neatness of Klute's conclusion is certainly a world away from the independence exhibited by the best femmes fatales.
That's especially true when these femmes fatales edge towards the 'sex perversion' (26) expressly forbidden by the Hays Code, as in Basic Instinct's controversial depiction of its female characters as bisexual killers.
The film's femme fatale--or femmes fatales, two characters played by Patricia Arquette--is implied to be a construct of the male subconscious within the film itself; she is, literally, a male fantasy.
Si, la cinematografia mexicana no esta exenta de las femmes fatales, que eran exotica ambrosia para los sentidos, briosas, indomables y, envueltas en misterios, llenaban de sensualidad sus pasos, igual que un gato.
Una vez terminado el recorrido sobre las femmes fatales, queda claro que quienes las amen sufriran noches deshabitadas, amancebamiento, tormento e, incluso, la muerte .
Some see an interest in the femme fatale as an expression of modernism; for example, Daniel Singal argues that femmes fatales are introduced into Flags in the Dust to disrupt Horace Benbow's "Victorian sensibility" (106) by leading him to commit acts that he would otherwise find unthinkable, and concludes that their presence ensures that "Horace's story amounts to an impassioned assault on nineteenth-century southern culture" (109).
Rather than ground my discussion of the changes in Faulkner's femmes fatales in a biographical narrative of artistic maturation, I wish to highlight the extent to which the figure's meaning was in flux as Faulkner was drawing upon it.
En mi estudio, me gustaria examinar como el elemento de la intertextualidad de la cultura popular (novela negra, film noir, novela rosa) se configura en la representacion de las femmes fatales.
Podemos decir que es la que desmitifica a la figura del heroe masculino del genero negro (Biralbo) o el film noir, que es por lo general capaz de descubrir a los culpables, establecer la verdad, y vencer la sexualidad de las femmes fatales.
Femmes fatales can be blonde prostitutes, singers, aristocrats, secretaries, housemaids, failed actresses or even orange sellers.
The couple killed themselves the day after they were married, so maybe there's a moral in the story for other femmes fatales.
To identify with this passage is, on the one hand, to reproduce the identification structure infilm noir with bad guys, femmes fatales, and neurotic detectives.
The dark, grimy, rain-soaked underworld of replicants on the run provides the backdrop for Blade Runner's femmes fatales it is their 'dark city'.
21) The deaths of Blade Runner's two primary android femmes fatales serve to remind us that they are not 'people': Pris' screechy death throes are eerily inhuman, and Zhora's running through pane after pane of glass foregrounds her synthetic nature.
As glorious monsters, Muses, femmes fatales, worker bees, queen bees and sweet and sour dames, movies are full of women in convention-stretching roles that contravene a simple dialectic in which the active male gaze transfixes and objectifies the supposedly passive female.