Fatal(e) Crossings: Figures of the Feminine in French and American Film Noir
Cherchez la femme! the age-old French adage that unambiguously singles out Woman as the underlying cause of man’s woes. Whenever there is trouble, particularly whenever a serious crime is committed, in order to find the cause or reason or culprit: look for the woman! Emblematic of the noir attitude to the (often darker) fairer sex, the phrase, Cherchez la femme, sees in every woman, a potential femme fatale.1
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- 1.The adage is explicitly evoked in aaa Melville’s Deux hommes à Manhattan (1959) and reprised in Polanski’s neo-noir classic, Chinatown (1974).Google Scholar