Hi Everyone, I was late with my music post yesterday because I am lost and a bit down. I read all your posts last week and my heart brims with the concern, comments and uplifting comments you all gave. I can't retire because I am not getting a ton of money. 2 years ago, I had to be "laid off" from my Regional Niagara job so I could be hired by the Toronto agency. At that time, I thought I would get a large amount only to find out that, since they are a non profit agency, there was a cap so I got the same as everyone else(2 others). I am getting almost the same amount as I got 2 years ago and with the surgeries coming up, especially mine, I just signed the forms. Anger and resentment does not help in any situation especially ones' own health. If my hubby could work and was not on a pension, I was not going for surgery, I may have fought for more but, in the end, after speaking to a lawyer, the cost of the lawyer would take the bulk of it so...I need to move forward.
Oh, hubby had his kidney stone operation and he is good. When he pees it feels like glass shards but that is lessening plus he is relaxing and resting! Next Tuesday is his hernia operation... also day surgery(wow!) and I know he will be more incapacitated with this one. Now let's talk movies...
This is another biggie because there are loads of Femme Fatales out there (Actually my Gun Crazy gal, Peggy Cummins would have been perfect as a Femme Fatale). I had a tough time choosing 3 so it will be interesting what Wandering Through The Shelves, the guru, and everyone else will pick. Here are my 3...
1. SCARLET STREET-1945
Joan Bennett played the Femme Fatale in a unique way, she never portrayed herself as a true lady but as the slovenly, high-maintenance broad that the poor helpless hack, played by Edward G Robinson, falls in love with. He has worked as a trusted bank clerk for over 25 years receiving a nice banquet and watch from his employers and employees before running into this sexy bitch. He is nagged and unloved by his wife, but his one escape is his painting. He paints at the apartment he sets up for Miss. Priss and when someone sees the painting, her real boyfriend, says that Kitty painted it. Sad Sack Robinson goes along with it but how long can this go on? Fritz lang(The director) paints(hahahaa) a great film forever changing Ms. Bennett's acting from blonde innocent to the exact opposite. Poor Joan was in a major scandal herself when her director/producer husband, Walter Wanger, shot her agent, Jennings Lang, in the nuts because he thought they were having an affair. Her career was really hurt by this unfortunately.
2. THE KILLERS-1946
Who could stay away from Ava Gardener? Talk about a Femme Fatale who drove her husband, Frank Sinatra, to try to commit suicide to having many lovers including Howard Hughes and many Spanish matadors. She was a free spirit and she is one of my favs to be honest. Ok, on to the movie...this is the film debut of Burt Lancaster who is known as The Swede, an ex-boxer, who gets embroiled in the double dealings of mob people and, yes, good ole Ava. Gosh, her name is also "Kitty" and, when Burt sees her, thinking with the wrong head, promptly dumps his good girlfriend to hook up with this cooing meanie in a sleek black satin dress. No film Noir would be right without plot twists galore. It is taught, well acted and established Lancaster as a major actor. Well worth seeing and one that Ernest Hemingway, who wrote the short story, was quite happy with. He generally hated the Hollywood interpretations of his written works but he loved Ava Gardner and found her the perfect Hemingway heroine.
3. OUT OF THE PAST-1947
There was a remake done in the 1980s with Jeff Bridges, James Woods and Rachel Ward called, "Against All Odds"..forget that one (except the song is good by Phil Collins..not my fav, but good) and stick with this original. Jane Greer plays the Femme Fatale (she was in the remake too but not the Femme Fatale as that would be too weird). Robert Mitchum plays the sad sack who has started over in a small town and has a wonderful girlfriend but his past comes out and he explains, in a backstory, what went on in his life. He was asked to find this rich dude's girlfriend. The rich dude is Kirk Douglas in only his second film and was not well known. of course, this bad gal makes Mitchum's head do a double take (think which head I am talking about) and he goes with her, the money she stole and double crosses her boyfriend. Now cut to present day, Mitchum knows he is going into a trap, but he must see things through. This is a great Noir film with many twists and turns leaving you wanting more. It is well worth a look.
Which Femme Fatale films would you choose and for fun...whom would you abscond with (if you had no loving wife/girlfriend with you). Hey even the women can get in on this. I would choose Ava.