Black widow

United States, 1987

Film
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A fascinating reworking of the film noir genre, with Teresa Russell performing the femme fatale Reni, who seduces then murders a string of unsuspecting men, and Debra Winger taking on the role of the unsatisfied FBI agent Alex. Alex’s investigation is complicated by her increasing obsession with Reni and the sexual tension between the two, which threatens to bring about the downfall of both. A gripping and intricate film that raises interesting questions about love, desire and death.

Credits

director

Bob Rafelson

producer

Harold Schneider

production company

Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

Language

English

Duration

01:37:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

37661

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Film noir

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Gay and lesbian studies

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Homosexuality in motion pictures

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Seduction

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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