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In new film noir to what extent are women able to resist and move beyond conventional heterosexual relations. Consider this in relation to the femme fatale and the 'Queering' of neo-noir in the 1980 and 1990.

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Module: Gender, sexuality and the cinema Module Leader: Mark Penson Module code: SO3208 In new film noir to what extent are women able to resist and move beyond conventional heterosexual relations. Consider this in relation to the femme fatale and the 'Queering' of neo-noir in the 1980 and 1990. New film noir came about in 1970, with extensive, supplementary plots, noir style and tone. The femme fatale has always been the deadly woman, who manipulates the male character with her sexual power to get what she wants. However in new film noir she is also adapted as the femme lesbian or the queering of neo-noir femme. The neo-noir femme fatale is not just after the money; however she is after sexual pleasure as well as economic power (Kaplan, 153). The femme fatale in neo-noir is sometimes involved in homosexual relations. However throughout I will be examining the extent of women being able to resist and move beyond conventional heterosexual relations, in relation to the femme fatale in Black Widow (1986) and the queering of neo-noir in Basic instinct (1992) and Bound (1996). Nonetheless it is important to be cognizant of queer theory, how it diffused into the role of the femme fatale and the queer in neo-noir. ...read more.

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Nevertheless even though Alex is not a lesbian, lesbian readings can be perceived from her same-sex connotations and actions. The scene of the over played slide show is regarded as seductive, of which it portrays the butch femme controlling the images of the femme fatale (Tasker, 106). Nonetheless this is quite similar to the femme lesbian, Violet in Bound, controlling the butch femme by her seduction. Violet propositions the ex-con corky to steel from the mob. However sexual seduction does not take much to persuade Corky to steel. It is not merely the femme fatale, which is evil. Queers are also evil, because their aesthetic gives them an access to women that excludes the normal male (Kaplan, 125). In Black Widow Alex's aesthetics dives her access to Catherine, which Alex uses for her advantage to obtain evidence that Catherine is the black widow, by framing Catherine at the end. In Bound the Protagonists is the dyke, Corky who is an ex-con. However in film noir the dykes are portrayed as trying to be like men, however inevitably failing (Kaplan, 127). Corky's plan of steeling from the mob corrupts as Ceasar catches Corky trying to steel the money. Nonetheless it is the lesbian femme, Violet who resembles the male role at the end, in which she saves corky by shooting Ceasar. ...read more.

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In Basic instinct Catherine only murders her male partners and keeps her queer relationship close to her. This could be because Catherine finds women are very alike and moves beyond the notion that there is other types and forms of relationships. The lipstick femme's female partner is a semi-butch femme who tries to kill Nick due to jealously. In all three films mentioned, Black Widow, Basic instinct and Bound the female sexuality suggests juxtaposition between desire and death (Tasker, 92). Every one of the femme fatales mentioned want desire from the male characters; however they also want to see them dead. Throughout I have looked at and examined the extent of women being able to resist and move beyond conventional heterosexual relations, in relation to the femme fatale and the queering of neo-noir. In Bound the femme fatale notices and realises how a women can satisfy her physically and mentally more than a man can. Bound is also similar to Back Widow, Alex the data analyser is more interested in following and tracking Catherine to the point of obsession, than rather going on heterosexual dates. Nonetheless in Basic instinct the lipstick femme has queer relationships; however she does have heterosexual relationships as well but exploits them as research for her novels. The femmes seem to have found excitement and satisfaction from homosexual relations and can trust women more than they can trust men, which makes them better sexual partners and partners in crime. ...read more.

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