RARA-AVIS: blonde vs. dark haired

From: DJ-Anonyme@webtv.net
Date: 11 Jan 2008

I'm in the middle of Gil Brewer's 13 French Street. The narrator is torn between two women, his blonde girlfriend at home and the dark haired wife of his old Army buddy. Brewer really plays up her dark hair, clearly symbolic of a greater blackness within her. It reminded me of what had been pointed out to me in a college class on westerns, how the blondes usually represent purity (for instance, Doc Holliday's girlfriend back east in My Darling Clementine) and the fallen women are dark haired (Holliday's Mexican girlfriend in Tombstone). I must admit, I haven't really paid much attention to the hair color of femmes fatales in vintage noir lit, but Brewer makes suc a big deal about the contrast. Has anyone else paid more attention? Is this typical? Seems to me a lot of these femmes were blonde or redhaired in film.


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