Two takes on gender in Argentine film noir

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Two popular Argentine films noirs display original attitudes regarding gender. Carlos Hugo Christensen's Si muero antes de despertar/If I Should Die Before I Wake (1952) adapts a short story by US noir writer Cornell Woolrich in a way that questions Woolrich's celebration of the tough male. Mario Soffici's Rosaura a las diez/Rosaura at Ten O'Clock (1958) is a self-conscious reprise of the femme fatale that traces the reiterative scripting of woman by the film's protagonist, her transformation into a destabilising menace, and the expunging of the threat through further writing. The representation of the feminine in these films is remarkable for the time when they were made.

Keywords: Carlos Hugo Christensen; Cornell Wollrich; Mario Soffici; femme fatale; film noir; masculinity

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Gettysburg College, USA.

Publication date: May 19, 2008

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