Kaye in Inheritance (2017) in 1080hd
B in Legend Of The Naked Ghost (2017) in 1080hd
Campbell in I Used To Be Darker (2013) in 720p
Fiorentino in The Last Seduction (1994) in 1080hd
The main character in The Last Seduction is an
extension of the Barbara Stanwyck femme fatale from the
1940's. In the half-century since then, films featuring
"the scheming woman and her innocent dupe" have become a
genre, or at least a sub-genre of film noir. They
generally require suggestive banter and plenty of
deceptions, and this film makes the grade, but where it
varies from the formula is that the femme fatale (Linda
Fiorentino) never pretends to be nice or weak. Unlike,
for example, Kathleen Turner in Body Heat, a similar
actress in a similar film, Linda never tries to make the
innocent small-town patsy think that she is good or that
someone is trying to hurt her. Quite to the contrary,
Fiorentino shocks the "mark" with her amoral behavior
and her complete lack of human compassion. He finds out
that she is a crazy, uncaring, psychotic bitch, but he
still wants her. Why? She offers him a special deal:
1) He is desperate for something bigger and better than
the hand fate dealt him. She can deliver that.
2) She doesn't pretend to be innocent. She doesn't
pretend to be vulnerable. Everyone else in her life
knows she is a schemer. "Hi, are you still a lawyer?"
"Yeah, are you still a self-serving bitch?" In fact, she
pretends to be even more ruthless than she actually is,
faking a murder at one point because part of her scheme
requires the mark to believe that she is a murderer. He
knows she is bad, but plays along because he thinks she
needs him for the plan, and that their secrets will bind
them together. In fact, she does need him for the plan,
but not quite as he imagines.
3) She never pretends to love him, but she offers him
fantastic sex, and delivers as much of it as needed to
get his co-operation. After a time, he believes that
this is enough.
"I don't do murder"
"You would if you loved me".
The plot is nothing especially innovative. In fact, it
copies Body Heat very closely in that the femme fatale
knows the deepest, darkest secret about the patsy's
past, the patsy is unaware of her knowledge, and the
secret is critical to the plan.
One effective innovation is that The Last Seduction
exaggerates the characters so much that it adds a layer
of black comedy to the usual serious noir
atmosphere. Early in their relationship, the patsy
is trying to get her to open up and share with him
because he wants more than the "designated fuck" status
she has assigned him. She tries to tell him the truth
about her crimes, but he thinks she is kidding, just
making up fanciful stuff to avoid discussing her "real
The black humor is good, but that isn't what makes the
film work. It is Fiorentino's character, self-described
as "a total fucking bitch", so downright delicious and
malicious and blatant in her schemes, that makes the
film so entertaining from beginning to end.
What is the deal on Linda Fiorentino?
Men in Black - big hit - successful formula.
She isn't invited back for the sequel, even though
producers rarely tamper with a winning formula.
The Last Seduction - critical smash. She isn't invited
back for the sequel, even though she is the very thing
that made the film work in the first place.
This may explain:
Smith said she was a constant source of drama
both during and after the filming of Dogma. He called
biggest pain in the ass he ever worked with.