Thursday, November 6, 2014
The underrated Femme Fatale slinked into American theaters 12 years ago today
Femme Fatale's Cannes heist involves steamy girl-on-girl action between Rebecca Romijn and Rie Rasmussen in the ladies' room and the impeccably timed disruption of a screening of an actual film, director Régis Wargnier's soapy and not-so-great 1999 epic East-West (Wargnier makes a cameo as himself at the festival, along with East-West star Sandrine Bonnaire). Both De Palma's masterful direction of the Cannes heist and the impressive bolero cue Ryuichi Sakamoto composed for the sequence--"Bolerish," which lasts about 14 minutes long on the Femme Fatale score album--are why I added "Bolerish" to "AFOS Prime" rotation on AFOS last year. (It's still in rotation.)
wrote of her performance in Femme Fatale, challenges the way men perceive women and uses that awareness to devour and spit out her men--is playing Selina Kyle without the cat-eared aviator helmet and under a different name to throw off Interpol. It's as if De Palma brought to the screen one of Ed Brubaker's beloved Catwoman comics. Retcon the Halle Berry Catwoman fiasco from your memory and act as if this was the Catwoman spinoff movie Warner Bros. released instead.