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Recommended: Le Salaire de la Peur (The Wages of Fear) – Henri-Georges Clouzot, 1953

Four desperate men, two trucks packed with explosives, one suicidal mission – the tagline for the next Hollywood Blockbuster starring the latest action hero? Nope, it’s as far from that as it can get. French, with a jazz crooner (Yves Montand) for a leading man, as concerned with inter-personal relationships as it is with action […]

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Fatal Attraction Part 2: The French Connection

In the concluding part of a two-part piece on cinema’s wicked, wanton women, Emma Simmonds shifts the focus to four significant French contributions to the character type. Despite Hollywood’s popularisation of the enchantress paradigm as a staple of its fabulous noirs, these slinky villainesses are still most commonly described by the French expression femme fatale. […]