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06 March 2008

Fierce Femmes

This last month has been pretty rough for me on a personal and profession level. As you may have noticed, all the stress has impacted my ability to publish on Chic and Charming, which is quite depressing in itself since this blog is a major creative outlet for me. Hopefully things will start looking up now...and in honor of my return I pose a questions to my readers:

Who do you think is the most fierce female movie character?
She doesn't have to be nice...in fact she can be kind of a backstabbing bitch...she just has to be a badass, take charge kind of girl. The kind of girl that doesn't take shit from anyone! I plan to arrange a little weekend girl power movie marathon so that on Monday I can come back to work as self confident and fierce as these leading ladies. Here a few ladies to get you started (more to come):

thief
John Robie: Say something nice to her, Danielle.
Danielle Foussard: She looks a lot older up close.
Frances Stevens: To a mere child, anything over twenty might seem old.
Danielle Foussard: A child? Shall we stand in shallower water and discuss that?

The cool blond...Grace Kelly as Frances Stevens in To Catch a Thief. This girl knows what she wants, and she knows how to get it. She plants a kiss on John Robie (Cary Grant), drives like a bat out of hell and practically moves in with Robie uninvited at the end of the movie. Danielle Foussard (Brigitte Auber) is a similarly forward and memorable woman from this movie...perhaps even more of a badass for stealing all the jewels in Cannes and framing Robie for the thefts.

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Lord Arthur Goring: My dear Mrs. Cheveley, I should make you a very bad husband.
Laura: I don't mind bad husbands. I've had two. They amused me immensely.

Oscar Wilde's "villainesses:" The elegantly duplicitous opportunists Mrs Cheveley (Julianne Moore) from An Ideal Husband and Mrs. Erlynne (Helen Hunt) from Lady Windermere's fan aka A Good Woman.

You really think there's "happy ever after" for people like us?

For the last entry in this log of fabulous leading ladies I present, Catherine Banning (Rene Russo) from the Thomas Crown Affair. This is one of my favorite movies of all time, full of glitz and glamor...stylish heroine Catherine is a tough as nails detective who will sacrifice everything (including love) to win. I just have to add that I hope I still look as good as Rene Russo topless when I'm her age.

3 comments:

Polly said...

Erin Brokovitch.

Ashe Mischief said...

His Girl Friday, perhaps.
The Last Seduction (Bridget is probably my favorite femme fatale ever).
Vanity Fair.
Mean Girls (maybe....?)


This sounds like a fun & fabulous weekend of films for you!

aschlee said...

I totally agree about Rene Russo! Love her acting 'n love her character. "Thomas Crown Affair" is totally one of my favorite movies, I can watch it a million times and never get tired of it. Rene Russo is gorgeous for her age 'n I hope that I age as gracefully as she has.

P.S. Have you heard that there's a sequel to "Thomas Crown Affair" coming out this year.