In a Lonely Place was probably the least typical film noir we have seen to date. Although we have watched films that did not involve a true femme fatale, In a Lonely Place was quite interesting because of its substitution of the femme fatale for a homme fatale . The film really encapsulates the some of the darker themes of film noir through this homme fatale as his paranoia, and slightly psychotic nature drives the darker side of the film. The film touches on the internal struggles of the individual and the darker side of human nature and potential psychosis. Dixon’s seemingly carefree nature and history of violence truly push the murder case as he is seen as a prime suspect due to his “character flaws” Furthermore, the homme fatale in this film signifies are gender-role reversal, different from what we have seen in all the other films we have seen to date. In this film the female seems to be the voice of reason, and the male it the dangerous one. While the female is demonized in most of the noirs we have seen, Laurel is the
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