The Femme Fatale Trope, Explained

Bold, bad, and beautiful. The Femme Fatale has been an alluring staple of cinema since the 40s. These dark and complicated characters may not have the best intentions, but always seem to steal the audience’s attention. From Double Indemnity and Gilda to Basic Instinct and Orange Is the New Black, why have Femme Fatales continued to grace the screen for so many decades? Watch this video for a deep dive into the meaning behind these dangerous women.


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