The Lady Killer

Elizabeth Schroder

1986, 11:00 minutes, colour, English


"Lady Killer plays off the conventions of film noir by putting them in a new feminist context. It examines a character who is obsessed with film noir, the style, the look, the role, and the finite conclusion of such films. She is manipulated by what she sees and is destroyed by her desire to be that "kind of woman" as represented in film noir and/or her own desire to play the role. The character is followed by a man (a real danger for women). In this case I examined women's mass paranoia that is trained to fear men and expect violence. Perhaps the fear is more destructive than the reality. In the end the woman kills herself to fullfill the film role. She is the trapped woman, mimicking roles of women as set out in man-made film, in man-made society." -E.S.

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