As I'm up to my eyeballs currently with my dissertation on David Mamet, I
find the gender-shifting that occurs in the neo-noir _House of Games_
particularly fascinating. IMHO, the "femme fatale" in this one is Joe
Mantegna's Mike, with Lindsay Crouse's Margaret Ford as the hardboiled, yet
vulnerable anti-hero. Off the top of my head, I can't think of another film
that plays with stock noir gender roles this way -- any suggestions/ideas?
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