“All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun”

The famous pensée of Jean-Luc Godard about girls, guns, and movies is perhaps too glib, and in film noir, not really the case. While in classic noir, we certainly had women and guns, femme-fatales were more likely to be closer to 30 than 20 in years, and rarely held a gun let alone shoot one. A femme-fatale was usually adept at having a love-struck sap do the shooting for her.

Though there were occasions when a dame pulled a gun and used it.

Mildred Pierce (1945)
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Murder My Sweet (1944)
Murder My Sweet (1944)
Blues in the Night (1941)
Blues in the Night (1941)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
Too Late for Tears (1949)
Too Late for Tears (1949)
Out of the Past (1947)
Out of the Past (1947)
Repeat Performance (1947)
Repeat Performance (1947)
Gun Crazy (1950)
Gun Crazy (1950)
Deception (1946)
Deception (1946)

 

3 thoughts on ““All you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun””

  1. Yes, an irrefutable point Tony, and a superlative showcase of fantastic screen caps of some of the most unforgettable femme fatales in history, gals who weren’t afraid to take charge in the spirit of the great equalizer. It’s much too definitive a list here to make additions, but of course there are a few others that could be knocking at the door, heaters and all. Ha!

    Great post!

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  2. Godard also said something along the line of: “Hollywood isn’t about making movies, Hollywood is about spending money”—and he said that many decades ago.

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