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Femme Fatale

Sunday, Oct 1, 2023 at 6:00 pm

Location: Redstone Theater

NOTE: the September 23, 6:00 p.m. screening of Femme Fatale will be followed by a reception in the lobby celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Museum’s critical publication Reverse Shot.

Dir. Brian De Palma. 2002, 115 mins. 35mm. With Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Antonio Banderas, Eriq Ebouaney, Peter Coyote, Rie Rasmussen. De Palma’s silky, seductive, ridiculously entertaining meta-noir stars a delightful, committed Romijn-Stamos as a statuesque jewel thief on the run from her fellow criminals after absconding with a stash of diamonds. Yet that simple description could not prepare a first-time viewer (or, frankly, even a tenth-time viewer) for the ecstasy of De Palma’s endlessly looping, self-referential, too-pure-for-camp masterwork, a film that’s a dose of giddy pleasure from its intricate opening heist scene set during the Cannes Film Festival (!) to its mind-bending split-screen shenanigans to its wild alt-reality conclusion. “The magnificent Femme Fatale is a strong competitor for the title of De Palma’s Most Indulgent Movie. It’s a gauche showroom of the pet preoccupations that any true fan can recite with alacrity: split personality, voyeurism, stylishly imperiled women—and all done up in brazenly smutty fashion.” —Nick Pinkerton, Reverse Shot 

Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.