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Here she comes again

The femme fatale is now a vicious man-killer, and she's getting away with it. Christopher Tookey explores screen violence by and against women

Femmes fatales are back with a vengeance. Nicole Kidman’s homicidal weather-girl in To Die For is already being tipped for an Oscar. Vanessa Paradis is confirming her credentials as the latest French sex symbol in Elisa, where she avenges herself on men for the fact that her mother was once deserted by her father. Channel Four has been presenting a season of film noir feature films, old and new, with a heavy emphasis in its publicity on femmes fatales.

Women are taking increasingly violent leading roles, from a string of “women’s westerns,” including Bad Girls and The Quick and The…

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