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She is an archetype of literature and art. Her ability to enchant, entice and hypnotize her victim with a spell was in the earliest stories seen as being literally supernatural; hence, the femme fatale today is still often described as having a power akin to an enchantress, seductress, vampire, witch, or demon, having power over men. One of the most common traits of the femme fatale includes promiscuity and the "rejection of motherhood", seen as "one of her most threatening qualities since by denying his immortality and his posterity it leads to the ultimate destruction of the male".
In American early 20th century films, femme fatale characters were referred to as vampsin reference to Theda Barawho played a seductive woman referred to as a " vampire " in the film A Fool There Was.
The Domestic Technology - Sun Valley / Studio 77 is French for "fatal woman". A femme fatale tries to achieve her hidden purpose by using feminine wiles such as beauty, charm, or sexual allure.
In many cases, her attitude towards sexuality is lackadaisical, intriguing, or frivolous. In some cases, she uses lies or coercion rather than charm.
She may also make use of some subduing weapon such as sleeping gasa modern analog of magical powers in older tales. She may also be or imply that she is a victim, caught in a situation from which she cannot escape; The Lady from Shanghai a film noir is Femme Fatale - Flint - Device #1 such example.
A younger version of a femme fatale is called a fille fataleor "fatal girl". The femme fatale archetype exists in the culture, folklore and myths of many cultures. Historical examples from Classical times include Cleopatra and Messalinaas well as the Biblical figures DelilahJezebeland Salome. The femme fatale was a common figure in the European Middle Agesoften portraying the dangers of unbridled female sexuality.
The pre-medieval inherited Biblical figure of Eve offers an example, as does the wicked, seductive enchantress typified in Morgan le Fay. Along with them, there rose the gothic novel The Monk featuring Matilda, a very powerful femme fatale. This led to her appearing in the work of Edgar Allan Poeand as the vampirenotably in Carmilla and Brides of Dracula. The Monk was greatly admired by the Marquis de Sadefor whom the femme fatale symbolised not evil, but all the best qualities of women; his novel Juliette is perhaps the earliest wherein the femme fatale triumphs.
Pre-Raphaelite painters frequently used the classic personifications of the femme fatale as a subject. In the Western culture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the femme fatale became a more fashionable trope and she is found in the paintings of the artists Edvard MunchGustav KlimtFranz von Stuck and Gustave Moreau. No longer was she merely the dancing-girl who extorts a cry of lust and concupiscence from an old man by the lascivious contortions of her body; who Femme Fatale - Flint - Device #1 the will, masters the mind of a King by the spectacle of her quivering bosoms, heaving belly and tossing thighs; she was now revealed in a sense as the symbolic incarnation of world-old Vice, April In Portugal / El Porompompero - James Last & Berdien Stenberg - Flute Fiesta goddess of immortal Hysteria, the Curse of Beauty supreme above all other beauties by the cataleptic spasm that stirs her flesh and steels her muscles, — a monstrous Beast of the Apocalypse, indifferent, irresponsible, insensible, poisoning.
Later, Salome was the subject of an opera by Strauss, and was popularized on stage, screen, and peep-show booth in countless reincarnations. Another enduring icon of glamour, seduction, and moral turpitude is Margaretha Geertruida Zelle. While working as an exotic dancer, she took the stage name Mata Hari. She was accused of German espionage and was put to death by a French firing squad.
After her death she became the subject of many sensational films and books. One traditional view portrays the femme fatale as a sexual vampire ; her charms leech the virility and independence of lovers, leaving them shells of themselves. Rudyard Kipling took inspiration from a vampire painted by Philip Burne-Jonesan Femme Fatale - Flint - Device #1 typical of the era [ citation needed Femme Fatale - Flint - Device #1 into write his poem "The Vampire". The poem inspired the eponymous film The Vampire by Robert Vignolasometimes cited as the first "vamp" movie.
Like much of Kipling's verse it became very popular, and its refrain: "A fool there was The poem was World Falls Away - Seether - Karma And Effect in the publicity for the film. Femmes fatales appear in detective fictionespecially in its 'hard-boiled' sub-genre which largely originated with the crime stories of Dashiell Hammett in the s. At the end of that decade, the French-Canadian villainess Marie de Sabrevois gave a contemporary edge to the otherwise very historical novels of Kenneth Roberts set during the war for U.
For film audiences, too, the villainess often appeared foreign, usually either of indeterminate Eastern European or Asian ancestry. She was the sexual counterpart to wholesome actresses such as Lillian Gish and Mary Pickford.
During the film-noir era of the s and earlys, the femme fatale flourished in American cinema. Cain respectively, manipulate men into killing their husbands. In the Hitchcock film The Paradine CaseAlida Valli 's character causes the deaths of two men and the near destruction of another. Another frequently cited example is the character Jane played by Lizabeth Scott in Too Late for Tears ; during her quest to keep some dirty money from Introduction - Historique Maracayace - DDAA - La Conférence Maracayace rightful recipient and her husband, she uses poison, lies, sexual teasing and a gun to keep men wrapped around her finger.
Jane Greer remains notable as a murderous femme fatale using her wiles on Robert Mitchum in Out of the Past In Hitchcock's film and Daphne du Maurier's novel Rebeccathe eponymous femme fatale completely dominates the plot, even though she is already dead and we never see an image of her. Rocky and Bullwinkle ' s Natasha Fatale, a curvaceous spy, takes her name from the femme fatale stock character.
The archetype is also abundantly found in American television. In Femme Fatale - Flint - Device #1 late night Cinemax TV series, Femme Fatalesactress Tanit Phoenix plays Liliththe host who introduces each episode Rod Serling -style and occasionally appears within the narrative. Femmes fatales also appear frequently in comic books. Notable examples include Batman 's long-time nemesis Catwomanwho first appeared in comics inand various adversaries of The Spiritsuch as P'Gell.
The term has been used in connection with highly publicised criminal trials, such as the trials of Jodi Arias   and Amanda Knox. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Femme Fatale disambiguation. This article's lead section may not adequately summarize its contents. Relevant discussion may be found on the talk page. To comply with Wikipedia's lead section guidelinesplease consider modifying the lead to provide an accessible overview of the article's key points in such a way that it can stand on its own as a concise version of the article.
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