The subject of these "erotic stanzas" is unequivocally the femme fatale
: her jade eyes evoke the figure's exoticism, and the "lips of coral" presumably signify hidden dangers upon which men run aground.
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Feminist activists and scholars have always had trouble with the image of the particularly wicked women called femme fatale
, says Binias, and argues that the difficulty is linked to an a priori conjecture of many feminists that it is always men who have a problem, and this problem is women.
As depicted in Gustav Adolphe Mossa's 1907 painting Eva-Pandora, Pandora was, along with Eve, another "literary prototype" for the femme fatale
A litter-sister to the 2003 Oaks fifth Lizzie Larsson, Femme Fatale
springs from the well-known 'Tain' famly, which came up with the 1976 Irish Derby winner Tain Mor.
Drawing attention to the still persisting association between the powerful women and immoral sexuality in the collective psyche, McLaren notes that the rhetoric and literary convention of the femme fatale
instantly becomes a part of the political discourse whenever ambitious women in search of power appear on the political scene, and she mentions the case of Mao Zedung's wife, Jiang Quing, as a quite recent example of this attitude.
The former Brookside babe is currently playing femme fatale
Roxie Hart in West End musical Chicago - and reveals she can be a bit of handful in real life, too.
The kitsch figures of the Great Blacks in Wax Museum invade the painting galleries of the Walters Art Museum, and Melvin van Peebles, who appears as himself, is stalked by a femme fatale
who traverses stereotypes of black power, blaxploitation, and black science fiction.
1917: Femme fatale
Mata Hari, reputedly a double agent in World War One, in the pay of both France and Germany, was shot by the French on espionage charges.
Furious (Ben Stiller), dead pan Shoveller (William Macy), and femme fatale
Bowler Janeane Garofalo) aren't exactly the League of Justice.
: Fashion and Visual Culture in Fin-de-Siecle Paris" at the Museum at FIT remains on view through the end of the month.
Mona is a woman of power, and that power emerges from "mystery"; Sassoon describes how French author The ophile Gautier established her as a modern femme fatale
. Yet, for all the modernity of the painting's fame--constructed of endless press coverage, an infinity of cheap reproductions, the praise of a popularizing critical establishment (notably the "decadent" critic Walter Pater), the growth of art museums as uplifters of "mass" taste, etc.-- the experience of the Mona Lisa isn't modern at all.
Bennett's great late role, that of the housewife in Max Ophuls's supreme The Reckless Moment (where she gets emotionally involved with the wretched James Mason), confirmed not only the allure of her mature beauty but also the unique way her appeal remains the same whether she plays the evil femme fatale
, the anxious housewife or the vulnerable bride (in Fritz Lang's Secret Beyond the Door).
Antonio Banderas will star in Brian de Palma's $30 million-$35 million thriller "Femme Fatale
," playing the male lead, a paparazzo.