She’s a Femme Fatale

She’s a Femme Fatale

2 Episodes

They’re the kind of girls your mother warned you about . . . The legendary Louise Brooks became the ultimate flapper icon with her magnetic turn in G. W. Pabst’s silent masterpiece Pandora’s Box, in which she plays a man-eating showgirl whose wayward hedonism leaves ruin in its wake. Six decades later, her performance inspired Jonathan Demme’s invigoratingly off-kilter romance Something Wild, with Melanie Griffith as the free-spirited New York scenester sporting a Brooks-esque bob who takes a straitlaced Jeff Daniels on the ride of a lifetime.

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She’s a Femme Fatale
  • Pandora’s Box

    Episode 1

    Directed by G. W. Pabst • 1929 • Germany

    One of the masters of early German cinema, G. W. Pabst had an innate talent for discovering actresses (including Greta Garbo). And perhaps none of his female stars shone brighter than Kansas native and onetime Ziegfeld girl Louise Brooks, whose legendary ...

  • Something Wild

    Episode 2

    Directed by Jonathan Demme • 1986 • United States
    Starring Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels, Ray Liotta

    A straitlaced businessman meets a quirky, free-spirited woman at a downtown New York greasy spoon. Her offer of a ride back to his office results in a lunchtime motel rendezvous—just the beginni...