Susan Denker requests:
" For a new course for next year tentatively entitled Women Who Kill, I am
seeking recommendations of films that are directly about women who murder
one or more people during the course of the film. If you'd kindly tell me
who gets murdered (e.g. father, mother, sister, roommate, rapist, random
strangers..) along with the recommended titles, it would be even more
helpful, since the course is organized by topic."
Here's some that come to mind:
Several by Hitchcock (of course)--
BLACKMAIL (attempted "date" rapist)
THE PARADINE CASE (husband--but unresolved until late in the film)
I believe the "real" thief also kills in TO CATCH A THIEF
Liv Ullman helps Paul Newman do in a spy in TORN CURTAIN
Grace Jones in one of the Roger Moore James Bond films
Lotte Lenya as Isla Klebb (sp?) in FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
THE MALTESE FALCON (Floyd Thursby and Miles Archer)
MURDER, MY SWEET (remade as FAREWELL, MY LOVELY)
DOUBLE INDEMNITY and THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (both versions)--husband
SUNSET BOULEVARD (narrator!)
BODY HEAT (by proxy)
Doesn't Scarlet shoot a soldier in GONE WITH THE WIND?
THE LADY FROM SHANGAI--husband in hall of mirrors
The sweet little old ladies in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE
Film versions of "classic" drama or lit--
Several versions of CARMEN
the nurse in CAESAR AND CLEOPATRA
Both (?) versions of DIABOLIQUE
THE BRIDE WORE BLACK (a bunch of people)
Chabrol's THE CHAMPAGNE MURDERS and VIOLLETTE NOZIERE
a German soldier is shot by an Italian woman in PAISAN
Oshima's EMPIRE OF PASSION--husband
Meryl Streep is accused of murder in A CRY IN THE DARK
In at least one of the FRIDAY THE 13TH films, Jason's mother does at least some
of the killing.
Oh, also see death of a rapist in Oshima's VIOLENCE AT NOON
Grace Kelly shoots a man in the back (!) in HIGH NOON
I know there are many more!
Hope this helps.
Don Larsson, Mankato State U (MN)
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