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Hitchcock Annual (1999) - Of Flashbacks and Femmes Fatales: Review Essay




Reviews James F. Maxfield's "The Fatal Woman: Sources of Male Anxiety in American Film Noir, 1941-1991" (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1996, 194p, $32.50 cloth) and "Women in Film Noir" edited by E. Ann Kaplan (New Edition, BFI Publishing, 1998, 238p, $49.95 cloth, $19.95 pb). Remarks that the new edition of "Women in Film Noir" does not fulfill the promise of the first edition as well or as fully as Maxfield's book does. States Kaplan should have included a few more things about the cultural development of noir, if not in her selection of essays then in her own contributions to the new edition.