State of Things
9:40 am
Thu November 8, 2012

The Women of Film Noir

It's no secret that there's a lack of compelling roles for women in Hollywood. Often, they are confined to adoring secretaries or sex objects, but in the noir films of the 1940s and ‘50s, the femme fatale uses her cunning and sex appeal to get the better of men. Host Frank Stasio will talk about the range of roles given to women in Hollywood and find out what makes a strong female character with Laura Boyes, the film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art; Nathan Rabin, the head writer at the AV Club and author of "Weird Al: The Book" (Abram Images/ 2012); and Shilyh Warren, Assistant Professor of Film at University of Texas at Dallas.

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