Early film noir is characterized by a portrayal of the world that is inherently threatening and dangerous, and the protagonist is often at the mercy of dark forces. The role of the villain may be attributed to abstract concepts such as fate or late capitalism as well as to individuals, men and women alike. It is frequently embodied by the character best known as the femme fatale, the "evil seductress" who does not hesitate to manipulate the situation to her advantage. In this research, the femme fatale characters from “Double Indemnity” (1944), “The Postman Always Rings Twice” (1946), and “Out of the Past” (1947), are discussed to analyze their visual presence on screen with emphasis on lighting, characterization and costume.
|Keywords:||Femme Fatale, Costume, Representation, Film Noir, Film Studies|
Assistant Professor, Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Family and Consumer Sciences, California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, USA