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WOMEN IN FILM NOIR

                                        Individual Questionnaire

This questionnaire has only an academic purpose. Your identity will not be revealed and the answers will be taken into consideration only for this survey.

 

TYPE. What is your favourite type of female character in film noir and why?

  1. the femme fatale
  2. the housewife
  3. the effective secretary
  4. other ___________________

Argument for your choice:___________________________________________________

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DES. How would you describe in three words the “femme fatale” in film noir?

1.______________________

2.______________________

3.______________________

EPIT. Do you consider the femme fatale in film noir the epitome of ideal beauty?

  1. YES
  2. NO

EX. Do you think that the femme fatale in film noir is a good example for the contemporary women’s conduct?

  1. YES, why? ___________________________________________________________

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  1. NO, why?_____________________________________________________________

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WOM1. (A question only for female respondents) Have you ever imitated the fashion, make-up and/or hairdo of the femme fatale in film noir?

  1. YES
  2. NO

WOM2. (A question only for female respondents) Have you ever tried to emulate the conduct of the femme fatale or of any female characters you saw in film noir?

  1. YES
  2. NO

CONFEM. Give two examples (if possible) of a contemporary femme fatale in film and of a femme fatale in real life (more or less known to the general public).

1._______________________________________________________________________

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2._______________________________________________________________________

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COMINS. Do you consider the femme fatale an effective commercial instrument in the cinema industry or in the media, in general?

1. YES, why?_____________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

2. NO, why?______________________________________________________________

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FEMFA1. Which of the following characters is, in your opinion, the definitive femme fatale in the classic film noir and why? (Choose only one answer.)

  1. Cora (Lana Turner) in “The Postman Always Rings Twice”
  2. Phyllis (Barbara Stanwyck) in “Double Indemnity”
  3. Laura (Gene Tierney) in “Laura”
  4. Gilda (Rita Hayworth) in “Gilda”
  5. Kitty (Ava Gardner) in “The Killers”
  6. Other____________________________________________

Argument for your choice:___________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

FEMFA2. Which of the following characters is, from your point of view, the definitive femme fatale in neo-noir and why? (Choose only one answer.)

  1. Dorothy (Isabella Rossellini) in “Blue Velvet:”
  2. Catherine (Sharon Stone) in “Basic Instinct”
  3. Lynn (Kim Basinger) in “L.A. Confidential”
  4. Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) in “Batman Returns”
  5. Other___________________________________________­­­___

Argument for your choice:___________________________________________________
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FN. What was the first film noir you ever saw and what was your reaction to it?

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FF. Who was the first femme fatale in film noir that you ever saw and what was your impression towards her?

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WOM3. (A question only for female respondents) If you were to play the role of a femme fatale in a film noir, who would you like to be and why?

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PROD. If you were a producer, what film noir would you choose for a remake and why?

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WAT. Give three reasons why you enjoy watching films noirs.

1._______________________________________________________________________

2._______________________________________________________________________

3._______________________________________________________________________

CONP. Do you consider the femme fatale a popular character to the contemporary public?

1. YES, why?_____________________________________________________________

2. NO, why?______________________________________________________________

CHAR. What would be, in your opinion, the three characteristics of the femme fatale in film noir that you found in a real-life woman?

1._______________________________________________________________________

2._______________________________________________________________________

3._______________________________________________________________________

FEMAN. If you were to choose between the femme fatale and her antagonist (the housewife, for instance), which one would you choose and why?

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DOM. Why do you think that the dominant female character appeared in the film industry?

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GEN. Do you consider that the femme fatale will continue to impress future generations of moviegoers?

1. YES, why?_____________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

2. NO, why?______________________________________________________________

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FMED. Could you give an example of a femme fatale that you have seen in other media than the cinema (in commercials or on television, for instance)?

  1. YES, who?____________________________________________________________
  2. NO

SIM. What would be, in your opinion, the similarity and, respectively, the distinction between the femme fatale in classic film noir and the femme fatale in neo-noir?

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POR. How do you find the portrayal of women in film noir? (Choose only one answer.)

  1. inspirational
  2. stereotyped
  3. challenging
  4. exciting
  5. emotional
  6. other, what?_____________________________________

RES. Do you find any resemblance between the women in film noir and the women in other film genres, such as the female gothic film?

1. YES, why?_____________________________________________________________

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2. NO, why?______________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________

SUB. Is there anything else you would like to say on the subject of women in film noir?

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Personal information:

Name:______________________________

Gender:

  1. male
  2. female

Age (years):

  1. 20 & under
  2. 21-29
  3. 30-39
  4. 40-49
  5. 50-59
  6. 60 & over

Marital status:

  1. single
  2. married or cohabitating
  3. separated/divorced
  4. widowed

Highest education level:

  1. High School or equivalent
  2. Some College
  3. Bachelors Degree
  4. Masters Degree
  5. Doctorate Degree
  6. Professional Degree

Occupation:___________________

 

Contact person: Monica Ilie-Prica

monik.ilie@yahoo.com or

moniqueclassique1990@gmail.com

 

 

Thank you very much for your cooperation!

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