How to be a Film Noir character

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Ladies, daub that carmine lipstick. Men, don your mac and fedora. Get ready to immerse yourself in the world of femme fatales, detectives, cocktails, and vintage music as Film Fatale steps out of the shadows on 18 April for Chinatown — the greatest film noir never made in the 1940s.
Here’s a few hints to help get you in the mood and embody the legendary hard boiled detectives and femme fatales who make film noir so irresistible.
Ladies, daub that carmine lipstick. Men, don your mac and fedora. Get ready to immerse yourself in the world of femme fatales, detectives, cocktails, and vintage music as Film Fatale steps out of the shadows on 18 April for Chinatown — the greatest film noir never made in the 1940s.
Femme fatale literally means “fatal woman” in French. According to the movie Mildred Pierce, it can be defined as “the kind of woman men want…but shouldn’t have!”. Sunset Boulevard’s Norma Desmond is the spider trying to catch the fly in her  web. She may be mad but there is something alluring about her . She certainly embodies the typical characteristics of a femme fatale with her witty repertoire, dark glamour and the dangerous look in her eye. Double Indemnity’s Phyllis Dietrichson is your quintessential bad woman looking to turn a man bad and do some bad things. The Big Sleep’s Vivian Rutledge is the worst kind, the classy Bambi eyed princess who seems to have innocently been caught up in a bad story. Lesson one, the femme fatale is never the innocent party!
The hard boiled detectives and flawed heroes of film noir are darker and more cynical than your happy go lucky detectives and leading men of  typical Hollywood films. Whether or not they are flawed to begin with , you know when you are watching a noir that they will be corrupted by the end of the film. More than likely by some femme fatale who will be the end of him.
What to wear
Detectives always wear suits but most importantly they hide in the shadows inconspicuously in a mac and fedora. Femme fatales dress to kill in dark clothes, either cocktail dresses, evening gowns or pencil dresses and skirts.  Often finished with furs, veiled hats and always with killer heels. Check out our Film Noir Detective and Femme Fatale look books.
Where to hang out
Drink a cocktail alone at the bar or seductively dance in the corner of the dance floor until your ready for your shining femme fatale moment. Detectives lurk in corners and shimmy around the edges of the dance floor but they know how to swing a dame around the dance floor when needed. You can drop the mysterious act when it’s time for the conga line or synchronised dancing.
How to talk the talk
For our Film Noir Party you don’t just have to look the part you gotta sound it too! Men, speak in a strong and dry voice with a slight drawl like Humphrey Bogart. Ladies, speak in a low seductive voice, think Jessica Rabbit. Low and masculine like Lauren Bacall or shrill and stern like Gloria Swanson. Conversations should always be snappy but mysterious, play your card close to your chest. Check out the film noir hardboiled slang dictionary and get practicing. There may be a prize on the night so get practicing!
 
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