I don’t know how it has escaped me all these years, particularly when I studied Film Noir at TAFE and at university, but today I suddenly realised the connection between Film Noir and cats.
It’s as simple as this: a cat is a classic Femme Fatale. This is true regardless of the gender of the cat in question, although I can only use my own cat as a example, and she is a female.
A Femme Fatale is the mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers, often leading them into compromising, dangerous, and deadly situations. The tradition of the Femme Fatale has a long history in literature and art, going back to Medea, Cleopatra and other like-minded, strong-willed gals who just wouldn’t do what they were told.
In the American Film-Noir of the 1930s and 40s, the Femme-Fatale was often the driving force behind…
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