Re: RARA-AVIS: blonde vs. dark haired

Date: 18 Jan 2008

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> 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.
Clint Eastwood's character in the Good, the Bad & the Ugly was called Blondie. The Bad, "Angel Eyes", said to a woman at Tuco (the ugly)'s hanging, "he has a golden haired angel looking after him." Other than being referred to as Blondie, Clint didn't look blonde to me!


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